In this day and age, there are almost no unique ideas…or so it seems. From the world wide web, we are constantly berated with information, and while we may think that some of our ideas are original, in reality, we have seen them before, and are probably remembering them. So, when it comes to writing a book, it can be a little intimidating coming up with a unique idea when there are already 129,864,880 books in the world. (source)
But, one thing we have to remember is that each of us is created uniquely from an all powerful, and everlasting God.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” -Jeremiah 1:5
And from that God, come all sorts of unique and special ideas that give us the ability to share His word. So, as you can see, one place I draw my inspiration from is the Lord Himself.
Another, is more obvious: the world around me. From the people I see, to the places I go, and the things I do. There is always something out there giving me inspiration for my next book.
The other day I was at the vet’s with my dog (he’s fine, don’t worry) and I saw a woman with her tiny chihuahua in a flower shirt with fanny pack and a visor. Now, there was good inspiration for a colorful character.
Another example is for my series The Adventures of Anna-Lynn Grace. While I didn’t draw my characters from real people, I drew the idea for the entire series off of one little girl who holds a dear place in my heart. I wanted her to have a series that she can love as she learns to read.
Finding inspiration is easy when you try and look for it. From the way the wind blows through the grass, to the way a mother cuddles her child. Writing doesn’t always have to be epic and extreme. We can draw inspiration from the most simple of places.
Where do you draw your inspiration from? Leave a comment below and share the inspiration!