When people find out I’m an author, one of the questions they often ask me is, What inspires you to write? It’s an interesting question, and I think every author would answer it differently.
I find myself most inspired to write when I’m already writing. That’s because for me, getting myself in a position to write is hard. The creative process is a complex animal, and if I could tame it, I would be a lot more productive than I am. But when I sit down at my computer and focus, really focus, then things start to happen. Soon I’m in the groove and don’t want to stop because I’m having fun. I guess it’s similar to a runner’s high. Forcing yourself to lace up those shoes and hit the pavement can be challenging, but there’s a reason so many people do it day in and day out: After you get past the resistance, exercising feels great.
This is a little embarrassing to admit, but when I write a line that makes me laugh, or finish a scene I know is good, I’ll pump my fist! Writing that here makes me blush because it’s ridiculous, but it’s true. I love the feeling of having created something I think my readers will enjoy, of having created characters and stories that are entirely made up but seem real. That inspires me to keep going.
In this blog I usually provide tips on writing, grammar or book marketing. But today I thought it would be fun to turn the tables and ask my readers to chime in with their own thoughts. What inspires YOU to write? Please reply in the comments. I’d love to hear from you.