Status: in progress, revising quite a bit
in·spi·ra·tion[in-spuh-rey-shuhn] Show IPA
an inspiring or animating action or influence: I cannot writepoetry without inspiration.
something inspired, as an idea.
a result of inspired activity.
a thing or person that inspires.
a divine influence directly and immediately exertedupon the mind or soul.
the divine quality of the writings or words of a personso influenced.
Where or how do you find inspiration for your novels has been one of the most asked questions on this blog tour for Safari Moon. So I will put the question out to all of you.
I know I find inspiration in so many ways. Just looking out my window when a family of deer walk across my front lawn to the countries I have visited. I find inspiration in books I read and pictures I see. Listening to the wind blow and howl during a storm provides wonderful sensory stimulus for a descriptions. Most authors, I think, are people watchers. Television can inspire as well as family and friends.
One of the ideas for Safari Moon came from my parents who after they retired took bicycle trips all over the world and in the U.S. They visited countries such as Bali, New Zealand, Tasmania, Greece, and places in the U.S such as the Natchez Trace, New England and Alaska.
All though the bike tours were not the main theme, they did provide a major character with a career.
The castle above looks like a fairy tale to me. Or it could be part of my 12 dancing princess series. Did I forget books? Oh my, I still haven't used my book of haunted castles for a background in a novel. Maybe I can use it for my May Day novella.
Where do you find inspiration?