Friday, February 20, 2015

Storyteller's Journey


  Unexpected Inspiration

Ever since my husband and I returned from our trip to Europe last summer, completely new story ideas have been meandering through my mind. And of course, they include anthropomorphic animals!
Then, last December when we received the lovely holiday card shown on the left, one story idea began to truly take shape; or in this case...shapeshift.  The working title for my W.I.P. is Journey to Snowdonia.


This new story, set in Wales, is slated to be another picture book, similar in format to my debut book, The Scandinavian Santa.

I'll not yet reveal anything else about the story since it's still somewhat "in the cooker," but suffice it to say, that the holiday card provided me with an amazing amount of unexpected inspiration. It was a great reminder of how important it is to keep your eyes and ears open - you never know where you just might receive inspiration for a new story.
Here's a short list of ordinary, & extraordinary, sources for inspiration:
* Books
*Nature
*Childhood memories
*Strange or inspiring experiences
*Your favorite passion (Music, knitting, etc.)
*Television
*Photographs
*Museums and art galleries
*Department, boutique, or grocery stores
*Holiday cards
*Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.
*An apple core (Or other object.)
*Etc. Etc. Etc.
You get the idea...a writer's inspiration can come from anywhere!
What unusual sources have provided you with unexpected inspiration?

2 comments:

  1. Nice list. I'd add to that travel to another place or revisiting a childhood home. I'm glad you've been inspired to write a new picture book. Will your husband illustrate the new one?

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    1. That's the plan, Mitty. However, as you know, his paintings/illustrations take quite a bit of time. I'm hoping we could have this book ready in the fall of 2016.

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