The Voice of Inspiration

Jim Stitzel

I dabble a little in a lot of things — writing, webcomics, gaming, photography, web design, music, and more. I’m a full-time code-wrangler with far, far too much to do.


As writers what inspires us to write and the kind of writing we do is different for everyone. For some we write about real life, infusing our own experiences into the work. For others we prefer to escape into fantastic realms of magic and mystery, or science, space, and technology. Still others give voice to their personal muse by way of verse, whether it be free or structured.

Just a quick sampling of the writing we see here on Ficlatte spans the gamut, from stories that may as well be personal journal entries to poetry to fiction and even to Choose Your Own Adventure style story arcs.

So the question I pose to you today, dear writers, what voice inspires you to write? What is your muse? What calls to you begging you to set words down so its story can be told?

Comments (3 so far!)

Robert Quick

Robert Quick

My inspiration comes from so many places: People, emotions (especially rage and sadness), beauty in art or nature, boredom (I used to get inspired at church, so much so that my brother and I were almost kicked out of mass during Christmas) although boredom isn't quite right--it's more like when I am trapped in a place like church or a car ride or waiting to sleep, songs, good writing that makes me jealous, bad writing that I want to scream at, and more. My anti-inspiration (Boo! Hiss!) is the blank page.

  • Posted 6 days ago
Jim Stitzel

Jim Stitzel

My inspiration has always been the attempt to answer the age-old question, "What if?"

"What if this happened?"

"What if that happened? That way? Or if something else intervened and changed the circumstances entirely?"

"What would it look like if such-and-such a thing developed along such-and-such lines?

Etcetera and so forth. Which is probably why I tend to gravitate more easily toward speculative fiction because the kinds of 'what if' questions you see there grab my imagination and take hold. Because technically, 'what if?' is the basis of almost every story, when it comes right down to it.

  • Posted 5 days ago
HSAR

HSAR

I write to escape. Characters are simpler, misunderstandings are few, and tragedies are planned. Out there, the boys gets the girl, the day is saved, grandma is forever putting soup on the boil and telling us to have another slice of bread. Even when it does go wrong, pain as written on the page (or screen) does not and should not feel real - because vitally, it isn't real.

I use tools like what-ifs to construct my worlds and stories, but that has never been the core reason why I enjoy writing.

  • Posted 5 days ago