Inspiration is that little glimmer of starfire that gets you writing. Finding ways to keep that spark alive keeps you going through the long haul of transforming that hint of promise into a thing of beauty and light.
When I was starting out on my writing career, I found the following books useful for finding inspiration in my everyday life. Writing Down The Bones by Natalie Goldberg is full of exercises and practical advice that helps you connect with your life and your deeper emotions. The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron can help you give yourself permission to try your hand if you fear you might not be creative at all. If You Want To Write by Brenda Ueland was first published in 1938 and is a tad old fashioned but it’s full of good old gusty advice that has stayed with me – particularly the message to practice, practice, practice! Unfortunately there are no short cuts.
I often go back to these books when I lose my way and want to rekindle that sense of possibility. Next time I’ll talk about some useful books for those starting to write poetry.