Nuggets of Inspiration
Yesterday was a holiday in the US – President’s Day. For many this marked the beginning of school vacation week. For others, including myself, this historical holiday was a day off from work.
It isn’t often that my whole family gets to send time together, and we all wanted to take advantage of our day off. So my husband and I packed up the kids and headed out to western MA, where we visited the Springfield Science and Art museums.
The kids were excited, and while they ran around from one exhibit to the next, I stopped to read about a wide variety of things. There has been a space opera trilogy circulating around in the back of my mind for a while now and I was delighted to spend time in the space exhibit learning about black holes, asteroids, and space travel. More than one person gave me an odd look when I took out my notebook, but I didn’t care. Inspiration had hit, and I had to run with it.
I’m not sure if I’ll use any of the information I gathered today, but just immersing myself in the subject of spce travel was enough to inspire new civilizations and story lines. Sometimes as writers it’s easy to get lost in the worlds that we create and forget that there is life going on around us. For a short while this may not be a bad thing, as it can give us the motivation we need to finish the story. Putting down the pen (or the keyboard) can be beneficial too, however. After all, how else are we suppose to make our characters and our worlds believable if we aren’t experiencing reality?
So I’m asking you today, what inspires you? If you are a writer, what inspired you to write your latest work in progress? If you are a reader, did you experience something recently that motivated you or moved you in a new direction? If so, I want to know about it!