Finding Inspiration

I think one of the most interesting things about authors is how many various things can spark the inspiration for a new book or story. Jack London, author of Call of the Wild and White Fang, once stated, “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club”.

I’ve really enjoyed looking at various author’s “clubs”. A few of my favorites were:

Reading: The most avid readers make some of the best authors. I used to write a lot of poetry, and I always found that I was the most inspired after I had read works written by some of my favorite poets. Many successful authors heavily promote reading to students, because it can lead to better writing skills.

Nature: We live in a truly beautiful world. Even for those not looking to write anything, stepping outside can be very inspiring. (I’m currently living in Jackson, Wyoming, right underneath the Grand Tetons. I experience this inspiration almost every morning.) Even for writers who  don’t focus on the great outdoors, this is a great source of inspiration.

People Watching: I had never considered this as a source of inspiration. But I can definitely see how this could help to develop some of the best characters for fiction writers.




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