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contagious inspiration

October 6, 2010

I go through weeks where I’m inspired to write and weeks where I just write regardless if I’m inspired or not. The latter is definitely the hardest and not what I prefer, but it’s reality. For a while now, I have forgotten about the things in my life that help keep me inspired and motivated when it comes to using my gifts specifically in writing. Joys and delights like:

Slowly, I’ve been rediscovering these joys more intentionally and I’m realizing that whatever inspires me should in some form or another, inspire another person to move to action. To do something different.

Inspiration should infect other people. It shouldn’t be hoarded. Contained. Or kept a secret.

If the inspiration I receive is all about me, that would be a tragedy. The people who have inspired me the most in life, gave themselves away. And what they had to give was contagious, producing a ripple effect.

I know inspiration in writing will still come and go in the seasons of life, but I want to keep at it. I want to inspire others to take action in ways I will never know about.

What inspires you?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. October 7, 2010 7:08 pm

    Sam, autumn weather inspires me! Coffee and instrumental music help me when I’m writing, too. Good movies spark inspiration depending on the genre I’m watching.

  2. October 7, 2010 7:20 pm

    Brandy- Love your input (especially coming from a fellow writer). I totally relate. I love instrumental music, tea, or coffee. That’s the best combination for writing 🙂

  3. October 8, 2010 10:44 pm


    When I get stuck, really stuck, I do a couple things-

    First, I leave home. Well, not really, but sort of. Sometimes the craziness of my home, family, kids, TV, and phone become such distractions. So I get out, even if it is just for an hour or so, put myself somewhere totally different.

    Also, I’m with you on the music. I love hearing the stories and voices of others!

    Another big one for me is being outside.

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