Thursday, November 11, 2010

Inspiration Station

Last night as I opened my NaNo doc, I stared at the words that had been typed there. Where had they come from? What urged me to use them? Why did I start NaNo at all?

The simple answer was one word. Inspiration.

Inspiration: noun:
  1. a divine influence or action on a person believed to qualify him or her to receive and communicate sacred revelation.
  2. the action or power of moving the intellect or emotions.
  3. the act of influencing or suggesting opinions.

If you're a regular reader of my blog you may have noticed I'm actually rather fond of the word inspiration. I have a whole category dedicated it. It just happens to be the one I use the most.

Maybe it's just because the feeling of being inspired to write something you're positive will be unlike anything you've ever written before never gets old. It's a feeling you can't describe, a feeling that doesn't leave till you do something about it. Inspiration.

Last night I scoured all of my resources and discovered the quotes, pictures, and music lyrics that have inspired me in the past. I collected them all into one document, and had it printed off. Then I cut them all out and plastered them all over my wall. I am now surrounded by the things that make me want to write something worth reading. Such as...


"You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus." - Mark Twain


"Do you have any idea why a raven is like a writing desk?" - The Mad Hatter


"These mist covered mountains
Are a home now for me
But my home is the lowlands
And always will be
Someday you'll return to
Your valleys and your farms
And you'll no longer burn
To be brothers in arms"


"Isn't it odd how much fatter a book gets when you read it several times?" Mo said... "As if something were left between the pages every time you read it. Feelings, thoughts, sounds, smells... and then, when you look at the book again many years later, you find yourself there, too, a slightly younger self, slightly different, as if the book had preserved you like a pressed flower... both strange and familiar." - Inkheart


  1. Ah, wonderful! I've started a craft inspiration collection. I've just got it in a folder right now. I want to watch Inkheart!

  2. You put the wonderful feeling of inspiration into words so perfectly, and captured that simple, yet deep feeling...

    Simply lovely, loveliness. ^.^