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Where Did Your Inspiration Come From?

While visiting Nathan Bransford's blog, I ran across a post where he asked, "How writer's came up with the idea for their current work in progress (WIP)?"  After giving this question some thought, I decided the answer was pretty straight forward.  There was no "Eureka" moment.  After years of brainstorming I thought of a way to weave a couple of ideas into a story.

Although I give Bransford credit for asking an intriguing question, I think one that may be more interesting is, What inspired authors to write in the first place?  I'm pretty sure the majority of us aspiring novelists were influenced by  fascinating people, or experienced some sort of life changing event. 

In my case, I was exposed to the world of writing early in life.  From as far back as I can remember, my mother always wrote.  There was hardly a  morning that I didn't wake to the rap, tap, tap of her typewriter.  I can't tell you the amount of time we spent discussing plot twists and developing characters. When she wasn't writing, she was telling tales.  As an Irish woman who loved her scotch whiskey, she never let the truth stand in the way of a good story. 

Although I never inherited mom's love of  oral storytelling, nor her appreciation for scotch, I did and still do share her fondness for writing.  Unfortunately,  I don't think she ever submitted any of her work for publication.  It's a shame too, because she was very talented.  I learned a lot from her.  

Since I have shared the story behind my inspiration to write, I wonder if any of you would be willing to share yours.  If so, I'd be interested to know it.

Until next next week, happy writing.

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