What inspires a writer to write?
Money? Maybe. But unless you’re a best seller,earnings aren’t necessarily inspirational.
Fun? A lot of writers consider what they’re doing to be enjoyable, and who doesn’t like finding a way to amuse oneself?
Learning something? Maybe. Depending on what you’re writing, it nearly always helps to do some research to ensure that what you say makes sense–or that you find a way of explaining it if it doesn’t.
Teaching something? Sure. Whatever your subject, you may know a lot more about it than your reader, or at least you know more about your angle on it. Let readers know what your story and its contents are all about.
Then there’s “just because.” And I think that’s what motivates me.
Just because I enjoy it, letting my mind wander a lot of the time coming up with ideas that maybe someday can be crafted on the computer into a story.
Just because I can. I used to be a full-time lawyer and a part-time writer who scooped an hour out of every morning before waking husband and kids and eventually heading to work. Now, I can write full time.
Just because that’s now who I am–a writer.
So my inspiration is a bit unsolved. I’m inspired by everything I do, everyone I know, everything I learn, to let my mind figure out what can be used in stories… and then write them.
Thomas Alva Edison is said to have come up with the now renowned quote “Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.” So am I a genius? Not literally. Yes, I grab onto inspiration. I admit to not perspiring much at my computer since I have an air conditioner nearby. But figuratively–I do spend a lot of time at it, and that can be considered a kind of perspiration.
Still, I’m no genius, but I am a writer who’s addicted to what she does.
And maybe I’ll even use this blog post to inspire me to start another mystery or romance one of these days…
Linda O. Johnston, a former lawyer who is now a full-time writer, writes the Barkery and Biscuits Mysteries for Midnight Ink. She has also written the Superstition Mysteries for Midnight Ink as well as the Pet Rescue Mystery Series, a spin-off from her Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime. She additionally currently writes the K-9 Ranch Rescue miniseries for Harlequin Romantic Suspense about a ranch where dogs are trained, as well as the Alpha Force paranormal romance miniseries about shapeshifters for Harlequin Nocturne. And yes, they all involve dogs. Her most recent release is her 48th published novel, with more to come…soon.