Right now, I'm talking about music. Last month, I rediscovered the band The Script (which I'm still listening to, by the way). This week I tripped into Adele and her new song, Rolling In The Deep.
It's old school. It's got heart and soul. A real vibe that can't be denied.
Fabulous song, yes?
Man, the beat gets me going. And her jazzy style and wicked cool voice? Both transport me. . .make me imagine and wonder and dream.
Everyone's journey is a different. What inspires one person doesn't do it for the next. But then, that's where the magic comes in, right? If we were all inspired in the same ways, we couldn't learn anything from one another.
So, when inspiration pulls into my train station, I like to share it. Sometimes it's an off the rail experience that rolls through in the form of a movie or a really great book. Sometimes it's an every day conversation or a billboard. . .unexciting, but for that one snippet. That special something that sparks my imagination.
As a writer, I live and breathe inspiriation. It's constant discovery. The ah-hah moments that help me unearth a gem. . .the things that move me so I can include them in a story that may, in turn, inspire someone else.
So, I've added music to my list of things to pay attention to. Don't know what took me so long. I've always loved music, but maybe, for the first time I'm actually listening to it on a soul deep level, tapping into the energy to tease out the meaning, which will then allow me to share it with someone else.
In that spirit then, here are a couple of questions for you. What inspires you? And how do you convey the source in your stories? Does it creep in without you knowing. . .or are you more deliberate than that?