Inspiration is a Choice, Not a Lightning Bolt by Teri Harman

Utah Fantasy Authors

Inspiration is often seen as this illusive thing, as if it’s not something one can capture, but must, instead, wait for. The lightning bolt theory. Or that it’s something creative people are born with, an exclusive gift. But there’s nothing mystical or stormy about inspiration. Inspiration is simply a choice.

Orson Scott Card said, “Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any.”

Novice or frustrated writers often ask successful authors, “Where do you get your ideas?” Most authors smile, shrug, and answer: everywhere, everything. And it’s true – it’s not an evasion of the question or a selfish way to hide the secret to success. Inspiration is all around us, all the time.

Maybe it’s an intriguing person sitting on a park bench. Maybe it’s an overheard heated conversation. A newspaper…

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