It’s April’s Fools day and I may have been foolish in my decision to enter into a blogging challenge for a whole month. It’s day one and letter A. What have I chosen for the first post on my theme of inspiration?
As a writer my biggest source of inspiration comes from what’s gone before me – my personal library of books that I’ve read over my lifetime starting with my first Janet and John Ladybird learn to read book to the pages of the Bill Bryson book which is currently sitting by my bed. Whether you are a fan of fiction, non-fiction, manuals, recipe books, comics or wiki’s, you’re reading something that has been authored by one or more people. So here is my first inspiration – Authors.
If you’re running low on ideas – pick a book. Whether it is one that will make you laugh, cry, leave you dumbfounded, horrified or excited, it has the potential to start a fresh train of thoughts and perhaps help something new take root and grow – the fledging idea waiting to be developed.
I’ve always thought of myself as a writer, not an author, because to me an author is published or at least has their works available in a reproducible format, however, regardless where the words end up, if it’s in the public domain, it has the potential to entertain and inspire others.
For each post I’m writing, I’m ending with a book, something that has inspired me. Today’s choice I read when I was twelve years old. Perhaps not an ideal book for a youngster given it’s adult content but it was my first foray into fantasy and adventure – a whole different world created by one person in marvellous detail and all mine to explore.
Michael Moorcook – History of the Runestaff
Twitter hashtag is #AtoZChallenge and Twitter id is @AprilA2Z
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