When I saw this quote on Pinterest, I knew I had to share it. It’s one of my favorites now.
I guess I like the quote because I find inspiration from people who don’t know that they are inspiring me. Randoms. For example, my followers on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Even though I don’t follow every single person who follows me, I’m still there lurking on you :)
Recently I needed a name for a character in my second manuscript. Instead of going to my usual route of baby name books and online name searches, I decided to go to Twitter instead. It was actually kind of fun because of variety. I usually just stick to my followers. I don’t want to creep any others out there as it already sounds kind of creepy. But I did manage to find a name and a unique one. I really like the fact that random people inspire me, even when they don’t know it. Take it however you may, but that’s my little secret.
I’m also happy eavesdropping onto conversations that I’m not a part of. I know, I know. That’s called snooping, but as a writer, I’m always on the lookout for dialogue. I learned this interesting technique in a writer’s course I took. It was so fun! Our weekly assignment was to go to various places in our community, notebook in hand, listen, and then write down what we hear that inspires us. The purpose was for dialogue function in writing, but for me it turned out to be plot and character inspiration! I couldn’t help myself but create stories about the people I was listening in on.
The other thing I learned was to write every inspiration down in your writer’s notebook. If I don’t write it down when I first hear something, I’ll forget about it. That happened to me earlier this week, and I didn’t write it down because, well, it was a quiet meeting, and I was already distracting everyone by trying to rummage through my handbag for something to write on. Now I’m beating myself up for not writing it down.
So how do you find inspiration? I’d love to hear how others work.