Inspiration – what to write about?

April 10, 2014 at 10:22 am | Posted in Experiences, Writing, Writing and Life | 3 Comments
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What should I write about? How should I write it? It could be a blog entry or a short story or a poem they’d like to write. Some writers cannot easily bring ideas to mind, whilst others have no problems finding inspiration.

I went to a Writers’ Festival last weekend and attended a “Conversation” with a well-known Australian author. Kate Forsyth has a number of books already published, with four more coming out this year and another four next year. When asked if she ever gets writers block, she said, “Never”. She has more ideas than she can possibly write about.

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However every writer isn’t so inspired, so where does one go to find ideas? There are many sources, and some of them are right next to you. Here are some places to go:

  • Incidents you have seen or heard aboutwritingprompts2
  • Newspaper stories
  • Pictures
  • Family members and their foibles
  • Your own life experiences
  • Historical events, family history
  • Reading other people’s writing
  • Writing prompts in books or on websites
  • People you see on the street and elsewhere
  • Nature
  • Emotions
  • Other people’s lives
  • Writing competitions.

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There are so many sources of inspiration for writing topics that, if you cannot come up with something, then you must have a problem that is preventing you from seeing them.

I use all of those sources that I have listed, and I have probably forgotten others too.

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Here is an acrostic poem that I wrote back in 2005:

INSPIRATION

I wonder whence ideas come?

Not always when expected –

Sometimes when you’re feeling great, and

Particularly connected.

I’ve also found, at certain times,

Rational thought in not important;

Amazingly, ideas come

To minds that seem quite mordant!

In point of fact it’s oft asserted, and

Observation does support it, that

Nine out of ten ideas come – when sitting on the toilet!

 

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Do you have difficulty in coming up with ideas for writing? Where do you go to find them?

 

(c) Linda Visman  10.04.2014   (334 words)

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Writing a River of Stones

January 3, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Posted in Nature, Writing and Life | Leave a comment
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    This January, I am helping to create a River of Stones on Writing Our Way Home.

Small stones are short pieces of writing that result from opening our eyes to the small things around us, to nature, to the wonders of our world.

So far, I have submitted four small stones, and I am including them here as well….

Small Stone 1: A Waving Hand

As I drive home from the shopping centre, movement in the back window of the bus just ahead of me catches my attention.

A small, blond-haired boy is waving. I smile and wave back. He waves more vigorously in response, and then there is more movement. Two more arms are also waving. I wave again.

As the bus’s course and mine diverge, we all wave goodbye.

Twenty seconds of interaction lead to many hours of joyful memory.

Small Stone 2:  Calling Cards

Streaks of brown, white and grey on the bed sheet and towel that have been drying on the line; they need re-washing, but I do not mind.

They are indications of the numbers and variety of bird life we have around our home.

The birds have every right to the space and to leave their ‘calling cards’ for me; so natural, so welcome.

Small Stone 3: Tawny Frogmouth Owls

The owls have returned, briefly, to the tree by our back door.

Three soft, fluffed-up shapes that only slightly break the outline of the branches.

Speckled grey plumage fits so well with the bark that it takes a sharp eye to see them.

Mother, and two almost-grown young; father not yet found, but probably in a nearby tree.

Soon, the young ones will be sent on their way, to make their own lives and create their own territory elsewhere.

We will miss them.

Small Stone 4: Empty Cicada Shell

Sharp claws on six brittle legs,

attached to a dried out shell casing,

cling tenaciously to rough tree bark.

Light brown on dark, discarded,

having served its protective purpose.

It remains there, still and silent,

while its owner, in brighter array,

sings to the summer.

(c) Linda Visman

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