Today’s guest blog is by Lynn Jenssen, author of the novella New View in the poignant Sisters of Spirit Anthology (Lachesis Publishing). The anthology features four stories about four very special friends.
What Inspires Me To Write?
I’ve been thinking about this question since it was first posed to us, and it’s a difficult one for me to answer. There are conditions that make my writing possible, conditions I need to make that writing productive. But inspiration? My muse delights in the wonders of nature — a walk in the fall colors, a stroll on the beach, a drive thru the mountains. Even mowing the lawn gives my mind time to work through scenes, discover a character’s flaws and idiosyncrasies, and design new ways to torment the hero or heroine.
But inspiration? I suppose it comes from the continuous flow of stories that come into my head, with an insistence that can’t be denied. And it comes from the ever-present support and encouragement I get from my family and friends. Their interest and caring help fuel the fire to keep going, work through the hard times, those ‘stuck’ moments. Friends listen, brainstorm, help me wonder “what if . . .” And family — it’s the safety net, the fabric woven through my writing.
So I guess that’s my answer — my inspiration is nature, family and friends, and those noisy characters in my head!