Friday, December 16, 2011

Deja Vu Blogfest---Old Post--What or Who Inspired You To Write?


For those of you who haven't heard, this is is the first day of the Deja Vu Blogfest hosted by D.L. Hammons, Katie Mills, Lydia Kang, and Nicole Ducleroir.  If you're interested in learning more, stop by any of the above blogs for further details. 

Since I try to focus on topics about writing, I decided to pull the post titled: What or Who Inspired You to write? dated January 2010.  I only received two comments on it so I decided to give it another try.  Looking forward to reading all those great posts out there.  Enjoy. 

What or Who Inspired You to Write?

While visiting Nathan Bransford's blog, I ran across a post where he asked, "How did writer's come up with the idea for their current work in progress (WIP)?" I wish there was some great story that led me to write my novel, that I had some sort of  "Eureka moment," but alas, this was not the case. Only after years of brainstorming did I come up with 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.