I’m always interested in people’s inspiration, what leads them to do the things that they do. What is the force that drives writers to write, inventors to invent? What is the force that drives people of all walks of life to do the things they do?
Some people get inspiration from pretty amazing places. When blues guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd was seven years old, he saw Stevie Ray Vaughan in concert. During the show, Stevie pulled the kid up on stage and sat him on an equipment case on the side of the stage so he could have a better view. It’s no small wonder that that seven year old was inspired to play guitar and would eventually draw comparisons to the legendary Vaughan himself.
Most of us don’t have those kind of “smack-you-in-the-face-AHA-moments.” Most of us have smaller moments, but they’re no less powerful.
I started writing seriously back in 2001 when two characters entered my head and refused to leave. Yes, you could say I have voices in my head…most writers do. Those two characters became the basis for my book, “Shaping Fate.”
Nowadays, I find inspiration for my writing just about anywhere. Almost anything in the world can inspire me in some way. The way the sun highlights the autumn leaves, an interesting news story, a snippet of a conversation I overhear…all these can be the inspiration of a new story. I just have to be open to them.
So, what inspires you?