Other than using your senses, what might be sources of inspiration? Your career, avocation, love of learning, experiences you’ve had, architecture, culture or ethnic group can all be sources. Of course, the decision would be will you write a fictional or non-fictional piece? A “How To” or a pure piece of fantasy for the sole purpose of allowing the reader time to escape the real world for a while. Are you an expert at a hobby you dearly love and looking for an outlet to share it with others? Start a blog, develop a class, post a video on YouTube or do Facebook Live to teach your craft in real time. Personal experiences that you want to share as a way of helping others going through the same thing can be powerful. Marriage, divorce, the birth of a child, weight loss, death of a loved one or someone you looked up can all be sources to draw upon. Over 25 years ago, as I watched my two young sons run down the hill with their fishing poles in one hand, hooks and sinkers flipping every which way, tackle box in the other, I looked at my niece and said, “No wonder my hair is turning gray!” It was an era where the small, anecdotal books were popular. She and I talked about what it would take to solicit, gather and compile entries from others around the globe on what made their hair turn gray. Another idea that didn’t go any farther than conceptual. No reason it can’t be revisited, though!
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