The start of inspiration

I remember the first book that led me to appreciate what the world of literature had to offer.  This is also the same book that accelerated my reading comprehension so much that I started to read everything I could get my hands on.  By the fourth grade, I was reading my dad’s books, and by the fifth grade, I was able to read and understand Shakespeare.  At the same time, my interest and ability in writing was taking off.

The book I am talking about was written by Maurice Sendak in 1963, and was only 10 sentences long.  The name of the book is “Where the wild things are” and now it’s a movie coming out later this year.  The book helped me learn that there is a power in words if the right words are used.  Even though I was much older when I came up with my philosophy on writing, “A picture may be worth a thousand words, a few well chosen words can describe a lifetime.”  This book played a large part in that thought process.

Inspiration can be different things for different people, and happen at different times.  Mine started at a very early age, but after some time I fell away from my creative side because of a lack of encouragement, and being pressured from family and friends to try out for sports, and music.  Many people don’t get truly inspired to persue their gifts until later in life.  It doesn’t matter when the inspiration comes, only that when it does, you should be ready to listen.

The problem many people have is they wait for inspiration.  Inspiration may strike like lightning, but you can’t wait for it.  It has the greatest effect on people who seek it out.  I always think about the person waiting at the bus stop for inspiration to meet him, and inspiration is boarding a plane across town.

Inspiration isn’t always a magic moment that changes your entire life.  Sometimes it’s so small that it’s very easy to overlook.  It’s a starting point, for everything creative. If you grab hold and nurture it, it can give your life meaning, and purpose.

Challenge:  Seek possible sources of inspiration that you might have overlooked, and write them down.  Once you have done that, see where they take you.


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4 Responses to “The start of inspiration”

  1. Jen Says:

    Great post! Several times I have had the big BANG of inspiration for a novel, or subplot within a novel. Twice it has come from a dream I had, once from a song I heard whose lyrics struck me so powerfully I knew that would be a storyline I would write in either my next book, or perhaps the third in the series if it doesn’t make it to this one. For other times, however, I keep a file of things that inspire me. It may be an interesting dream that I don’t know how to work into a story yet, or an image, such as a vibrant flower, a woman with ice blue eyes lined in black kohl, an indigo night sky. Simple things like that, things that strike me, but I don’t know what to do with yet, but know at some point they will provide inspiration in some way. I will continue looking per your challenge, for I am sure there are even simpler things I am overlooking every day. Thanks for the great post!

    • apb148 Says:

      I love it when your dreams hit you with inspiration, unfortunately so many of them disappear when I wake up enough. I have to keep a notepad handy, although a tape recorder might be faster, and more efficient.
      Thank you for the comment Jen.

  2. cruizen4u (Cindy) Says:

    This blog has helped me to remember how many times things in my life have inspired me. The thing I do wrong is wait for inspiration. Sometimes it just hits but most of the time I wait. Now after reading your blog I know what I’m doing wrong.

    The other day I was listening to a Christian station and the pastor was talking about answered prayer. He stopped in the mid-sentence and said, “Ever wonder if you’re praying the wrong way? Instead of begging God, learn how to pray to Him.”

    It’s little nuggets like your’s and the pastor’s that make me sit up and take notice. Re-invent myself and start anew.
    Thank you, Allen. You are truly an inspiration.

    Cindy Hernandez

    • apb148 Says:

      I was reading in the book I just got about procrastination how recreation means we need to re-create ourselves, which is when we are inspired the most.

      Thank you for the comment on this, and the other blog. I haven’t learned how to reply on that one yet.

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