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Somewhere along my path as a poet/writer, I discovered I've always had a story floating around inside my soul - usually numerous tales. However, I've met writers who claim to have difficulty discovering an idea worthy to be developed into a book.
Why is that? There are probably numerous reasons, but the one that I believe is the missing ingredient to inspiration is: CURIOSITY.
Curiosity is a trait that is found in children in abundance, and also in adults who have maintained a childlike outlook on life. So why do some adults so quickly discard that mindset? One reason is that it doesn't seem sophisticated enough for the likes of an intellectual or an author.
However, if we writers want to pen something that is not only worthy of publication, but will also satisfy our own soul, it behooves us to tap into the wellspring of curiosity. Only then will we find a subject that is important to us, and will therefore matter to our prospective readers.
Below is a list of quotes on curiosity by some truly gifted people:
"Curiosity is lying in wait for every secret." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
"We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." ~ Walt Disney
"Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit. " ~ e.e. cummings
"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing." ~ Albert Einstein
"Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind." ~ Samuel Johnson
"I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt
"Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people." ~ Leo Burnett
This topic has always interested me, but when I read the new book: Big Magic - Creative Living Beyond Fear, by Elizabeth Gilbert, I was reminded of the importance of curiosity. It's a must read for all writers!