Saturday, 20 November 2010


Inspiration! What inspires you to sit down and write? Is it the need to write a best seller or the need to write because you love writing or because you have the time and a vivid imagination? There are probably many good reasons that have you putting pen to paper, or fingers to keyboards, but whatever the reasons that have your creative juices flowing what brings out the passion in your writing? Is it sitting at your desk, fingers racing across the keyboard whilst listening to your favourite music or are you curled up in your most comfortable chair with the TV quietly chatting away in the background? Some of the best sellers have been written in environments that would have our eyebrows knitting together and wondering. For me, I like to sit outside in our pergola lounge, I love being outside and should we ever live again in a colder climate, I would definatley have to have a conservatory with a big comfy chair. Just being able to see outside changes my thoughts and mood and gives me the inspiration I need to sit down and write. But we are all different and that is why there are so many wonderful books out there, so what inspires you to write and do you have a special place you love to go to?


Lia Bal said...

What inspires me to write? The three million ideas dancing in my head. For me, getting a plot idea is as easy as making coffee. At this moment, I’m playing with 50 plus novel ideas in my head and the only way I could get those ideas out of my system is by writing those novels that are begging to be written. Unfortunately, I don’t have much time to write so I guess it could take up to 50 years to tell all the stories that want to be told.
As for the best place to write; my old room at my parents’ house. Some of the best writing I’ve done was there. I can’t concentrate at my own house as the dog is always begging for attention, and then I look around and realize that the flowers need to be watered, and next thing you know I’m doing laundry instead of writing. At my parents’ house, my mother attends to everything and I just sit there and write.

Shirley Wells said...

Aw, what a lovely photo. Don't your two helpers look comfy. :)

I think editors asking when they can expect the next one inspires me to write. Even if they didn't though, I'd have to get all these ideas out of my head and down on paper. Without that outlet, I'd probably go mad. What? You thought I'd already gone mad? Possibly...

I love to write while lounging on the sofa in front of a nice log fire. However, I do tend to get distracted that way. I'm usually to be found inside my boring office at my desk. That said, I have a wonderful view of hills and horses so my gaze is often on the outside world.

Liz Fichera said...

I usually get inspired by listening to music and running. Sometimes even when I'm cleaning my house. But the ideas usually come when I least expect it.

Nice to meet you, Pauline!

Rosalind Adam said...

The one place I really can't write is the lovely desk that my OH painstakingly assembled for me. It's at the front of the house, in a corner, with the light behind me. My writing flows the best when I'm at the back of the house looking out over our lovely garden.

Fabulous photo by the way.

Chris Stovell said...

I'm still planning that guest spot Pauline (when I come up for air) but you're definitely first - that looks like a wonderful place to write, and look at your lovely companions!

Pauline Barclay said...

Hello Lia and welcome, whow! All thos millions of ideas how wonderful and even greater having your parent's home to go to keep away from distractions. Thanks for calling by.

Hi Shirley, mad you say, I think we all need to be a little crazy, helps to keep us sane! And yes, I'm eagerly awaiting your new novel, as is Peggy! :) x

Hello Liz, nice to meet you too and thanks for taking the time to say hello! It's funny how thoughts come when you least expect them. But don't over do the housework and enjoy your music and writing!

Hi Rosalind, I'm with you all the way needing to look out. I have a lovely office overlooking the garden and pool, but somehow it is not quite enough. Thanks for calling. x

Hi Chris, don't worry, there are never enough hours in the day. And yes,my little pests always have to be there...! x