Feb 20, 2012

When Inspiration Strikes

I've heard before that you shouldn't wait for inspiration to strike you should just write. But inspiration is a funny thing. It always seems to come around when you aren't looking for it.

I can remember exactly what inspired my novel ideas, or at least the ones that I am most proud of. I had just finished watching the popular 80s movie Heathers when I came up with the idea for Summer Spell. I was lying on my bed staring up at the ceiling when this scene popped into my head: two young girls standing on a cliff. They were going to jump.

Quickly, I opened up a new document and began typing. Of course that scene changed as I wrote, but the end result was much more satisfying than what I had originally planned. Just like so many of my other novel ideas, Summer Spell was inspired.

On a side note, I see now why so many of you love Pinterest. It is definitely a one stop shop for inspiration. After being on there for only a few hours already I have so many ideas. If you haven't joined you should. I promise you won't regret it.

Sometimes pictures capture so much that words cannot.

So tell me, do you just write or do you wait for inspiration to strike?


  1. It's funnym but since I have so many writing ideas sort of lulling about, I don't know if I can say I wait for inspiration to strike. I'm usually in the middle of other projects with a "shiney new idea" nudges its way into my mind. Does that mean I am stuck in a constant state of inspiration? Hmmm...

    1. LOL! I wish I were stuck in a constant state of inspiration. I only have one or two new ideas at a time.

      Thanks for the comment, Angela.

  2. Ummm...

    I was ten days into NaNo and I just wasn't feeling what I was writing. I was on a plane and I stopped writing and thought, 'what do I want to write about?'

    A character popped into my head and I went from there. Ten days later, 60,000 words typed I was finished.

    So I guess I sorta forced that inspiration :)

    1. 60,000 words in ten days is amazing.

      Thanks for the comment, Kelley.