Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Writing Endeavors 4: The World as a Gigantic Writing Prompt

 The World is like a Walking Writing Prompt

People have asked what inspires me to write the kinds of stories I do, and the only response I can give is, “I’m not sure.”

But, then, it gets me to thinking of all the pictures, people I meet, billboards, movie trailers, overheard conversations, writing prompts, books I’ve read, book titles, dreams, etc. etc. I come in contact with, and I have to agree with my previous statement: “I’m not sure.”

All the things I’ve mentioned have to account for some inspiration, right?

There are times when I am definite as to where the idea comes from. Most of the time, I don’t have a clue. The words begin to phase through my fingertips onto the paper or computer screen and I am happy for them.

So, I can safely say my inspiration comes from an unknown source, maybe even the subconscious mind. We carry around all these “files.” They may even get mixed and matched in some way that leads to a story idea.

Maybe the world is one gigantic writing prompt filled with ideas and thoughts. I can almost reach out and grab one the minute I step outside. If I’m not careful, I might end up bombarded with too many and get stunted.

Time is of the essence, though. Better sit down and write some of it before another comes my way…


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