Wordy Wednesday: What Inspires Me?

My brain is a funny thing. I can be inspired by just about anything, anytime, anywhere.

Take my current WIP, KINGDOM COME, for example. The entire story was pretty much built around this:

I looked up at the sky one afternoon, and told the kiddo, “There’s a storm comin’. We need to go.” And my brain went into overdrive, plotting out a story that makes me smile every time I sit down to write it.

Sometimes, however, the words don’t want to come. Or a rejection pops up in my inbox. Or my day just flat-out sucks. For these moments, I have a few go-tos for inspiring words.

This cover of “Don’t Stop Believing” is just full of awesome and never fails to brighten my mood.

This recent post of Myra McEntire’s. The title? “You Can Do It.” Seems simple enough, but y’all – this post hits me in the heart every time I read it. As a writer, there are some days that I feel like a complete and utter failure. Sometimes, this writing thing is just plain hard. And it’s nice to read the encouraging words of an author that I admire so much.

“Own it. Boss it. Don’t give in to yourself, don’t give in to anyone else. Ultimately, YOU are responsible for YOU.”

I have this quote written on a Post-It beside my monitor. Whenever I need a kick in the butt, I repeat those words in my head over and over until I’m able to confidently say, “I’m owning this.”

Writing can be grueling, and stressful, and downright infuriating. So why do I do it?

Because I am a writer. It really is that simple.

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4 thoughts on “Wordy Wednesday: What Inspires Me?

  1. Brandon Ax says:

    It’s funny I just wrote about this, I totally get what you mean though. We write because we are writers, what else could we do. Good luck on your WIP and thanks for the “Don’t Stop Believing” cover, I will definitely use it.

  2. jamieayres says:

    So true. My husband told me once that I should take a break from writing. I told him, “Why don’t you take a break from breathing?” B/c that’s what it would feel like to me!

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