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Finding inspiration


inspirationBeing someone who gets most of their inspiration from watching people and trying to imagine why they do the things they do (see photo), I’m finding it difficult to write anything new these days. What with summer vacation and the fact that I’m trying to save money for the trips I want to take, it’s hard to get out of the house, even for a little while. You might say, ‘Just take your kids out with you!’ but that doesn’t work when you’ve got an autistic teenager who’s bigger than you and has definite opinions on what he wants to do with his day, none of which involve leaving the house.

I suppose I could watch TV. *gasp* But whatever I see there has already been done, hasn’t it?

I should probably count my blessings. As long as I’m not finding inspiration to write something new it means I can work on editing my novel. The going is frustrating on that front as well. The re-write I’m currently working on (a section that I’m not pleased with) requires me to fully get into character. That’s difficult when you’ve either got someone looking over your shoulder asking, ‘What are you doing?’ or simply being interrupted every ten minutes.

Oh, shut up whining, Linda!

Needless to say I’m looking forward to my weekend trip next week. I plan to view the house in which I’m staying through the eyes of the girl my main character brings home with him. Her fascination will be my path to detail.

As for finding inspiration, who knows? On top of a fresh perspective on my major work, I may have time to find inspiration for a number of other things as well. I certainly won’t be sitting in my room the whole time I’m gone. Such freedom is a rarity for a single mom, especially during summer vacation.

Author: Linda G. Hill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

27 thoughts on “Finding inspiration

  1. Why is he eating her face?


  2. I was a single mom of four for quite some time. I know what you mean by not escape. Now instead of kids interrupting it is my husband and the TV. I have a love hate relationship with the TV. Often, during fibro flares, it is all I can do. But I find it an inspiration. While I am watching I see it through a writer’s eyes. I often keep nots of how I would have wrote that beginning or where I would have taken a different turn with my own characters. I watch things over and over now. I always see something I didn’t see before and wonder at why a director did this or that.

    But real life adventures are even more spectacular. I look forward to what you come up with from your visit to your real life fantasy!


    • I’ve often thought I could write a soap opera – and it would be fun (though perhaps not for the actors who would have to go through whatever I put their characters through… haha.)
      Thank you. This trip should make for some interesting inspiration! 🙂


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  4. I tip my hat one single mom to another…


  5. on I really hope you have a great time away, you deserve it you really do!


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  7. My inspiration is rather simple. Pretty eyes and a nice rack.

    Have you tried going to the classics? A lot of the time I find that what we have today is just a rehash of what they did a thousand years ago, and it is rarely as good and it never touches all the possibility in those early works. There’s a reason those stories remain in circulation today, as well. They touch on universal themes people love, even if they just need some modernizing. I also find a lot of inspiration from the strange personalities I meet through my line of work.


    • Ah yes, one of the reasons I wish I could get out into the workforce! I’ve read many of the classics – my favourite is Dracula… I just may re-read that one. Thanks for the suggestion.

      A simple man of simple tastes, are you? Haha!


    • I go back to the classics, or rather the ‘classic stories’ to develop characters and stories from archetypes all the time. I used to get depressed by how similar some of my plot ideas and characters were to those in classic fiction but then decided to get over it and accept the fact that there’s nothing ‘new’ in fiction, just different ways of exploring essential themes that arise from the human condition. Shakespeare borrowed story lines from everyone and anyone and Aristotle summed up tragedy very neatly. Two very grand justifications for rehashing earlier ideas, but a good way to counter accusations of being ‘unoriginal’ while allowing you to get on with the business of writing…


      • What do they say? There are only seven stories? Then again there are only seven whole notes, but consider how much music there is.
        Although themes may be recycled over and over I always consider my writing to be original. As in a fingerprint, no one’s mind is quite like mine.
        Thanks for the comment! 🙂


        • The ‘seven stories’ – the quest, voyage and return, defeating the monster, rags to riches, comedy, tragedy, rebirth… Tragedy was dealt with very well by Aristotle, pity we don’t have his work on comedy (thanks to some prudish monks if Umberto Eco is to believed…) 😉


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