Exploring Faith Through Fantasy

What Inspires You?

Inspiration is the core of anything we create. And it can come from anywhere: a song, sunset, movie, or maybe a particularly comforting time with God. Nature has always been very inspiring to me.

This adventure inspired me to write a will.

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In case you’re wondering, I survived.

I’ve also been especially influenced by Greek mythology, Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Lloyd Alexander, and more contemporary writers like Rick Riordan and J.K. Rowling. Knowing what inspires you is one of the keys to writing. Why? If you don’t know what’s sparking your creativity, you will subconsciously become a creative copycat, punching out drab, hand-me-down stories that don’t grab people and pull them in. It’s like those Disney knock-off movies you see in the gas station. Who buys those things anyway?

If, on the other hand, you know what influences and drives your own creative development, you’ll be able to find a unique voice all your own. You’ll create something that contains elements of your inspiration, but is distinct enough to be relevant and worthy of attention.

If you’re a writer or artist, let me hear from you. What inspires you to create?

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4 responses

  1. Michael Taylor

    I read a lot of books. they give me inspiration. I am starting on a book called Middle School The Worst( but best) years of my life . it is a autobiography of my 12 year old life right now.

    January 6, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    • Michael,

      That sounds really cool. It reminds me of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. I’d love to see some of your writing when you’re finished.

      January 7, 2014 at 11:42 am

  2. icedmocha34

    Hi!! Um, what really inspires me to write is listening to my favorite band, Leeland. They have really beautiful worship songs, which reminds me that I’m writing for the glory of God…or something like that, anyway.
    I’m inspired by the people around me, my friends, the books I read, authors who make God number one in their acknowledgements, and pretty much anything and everything! Yes, I’m inspired very easily…

    February 12, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    • Thanks for your thoughts! Love to hear what drives others to create.

      February 12, 2014 at 9:42 pm

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