Fellow Writers Blog Hop: Inspiration

Fellow Writers Blog Hop

      Today, I have decided to join in on a blog hop… This blog hop is hosted by the lovely Elise VanCise at the Gladiator’s Pen. Every month on the second Tuesday, a topic is posted for anyone who wants to join in the blog fun.

Today’s topic is: Inspiration

Ah, the key for all creative types… For some, inspiration is something to search deep and hard for. For others, it’s as easy as looking out the window and seeing a rock or a tree or a bug.


For me, it’s a mix of both. There are days when inspiration hits just by waking up and getting laundry out of the dryer. Then there are those days when I sit and nothing comes to me. I finally delve deep into the well, trying not to drown before finding that perfect idea.

My greatest inspiration comes from two (technically three) different places. First, my children. Yesterday, I spent three hours outside watching them play in the yard. They didn’t get bored once even though there is only a small plastic slide, a small see-saw (teeter-totter), and a round picnic table to play with. Well, they did have some chalk to draw on the sidewalk, but they ignored that. Instead the spent the three hours running around the front yard pretending to be kitties, puppies, and even zombies. (If giving birth to them wasn’t enough evidence to prove they are my kids, the fact they run around pretending to be zombies is!)

Honestly, how can I NOT be inspired by their easy play and unlimited imagination? At this moment, Little Man and Precious are walking around with blankets over their heads being ghosts… Ah, nope… Now it’s back to zombies again…

The second place my inspiration comes from is other books. I love reading. My current work in progress comes from reading Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series. I wondered, what would it be like if someone from our world where science and technology rule somehow wound up in a world where magic rules?


I’ve read other books where a single line sparks an idea of my own. An entire world slowly unfolds in my mind based around the idea that single line gave me. I doubt you’ll find a person out there who doesn’t get inspiration from books, especially writers.

What inspires you?

About Katie Doyle

Katie Doyle is an avid reader, writer of NA and Adult fiction, a mom to two tornadoes that resemble an eight and six year old, and pet to a tuxedo cat named Oz and a German Shepherd/Boxer rescue named Charlie. If she's not reading, writing, or getting Oz out of a tree, she's screaming at characters on TV and trying not to curse around her kids.
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6 Responses to Fellow Writers Blog Hop: Inspiration

  1. alberta ross says:

    your kids remind me (minus the zombies of course) of myself 60 years ago – who needs a lot with imagination – and i have used many of the childhood imaginations in my short stories

  2. Elise says:

    Great post 🙂 Inspiration is everywhere we are isn't it? Books are a huge part of inspiration. A setting, bit of dialog, a photograph I've had stories set in motion by all of the above 🙂

  3. Tammy says:

    I agree that inspiration is everywhere! I find vintage photographs are great inspiration points for me. Any time I'm in an antique store I always look at the photos and bring home any that may strike my fancy!

  4. Patti Larsen says:

    I LOVE your kids!!! And yes, going back to that age… there was no end to our inspiration or imagination–tapping into that innocent need to create is the perfect example!

  5. Katie says:

    Alberta- just the thought of innocence is inspirational to me. What would it be like to go back to those times, eh?Elise- Thanks for coming by! I always keep a notebook by my side when reading in case I'm inspired=)Tammy- Oh! I love that! I can see how vintage photos could inspire! I may have to see what happens the next time I'm out antiquing!Patti- Thanks! I love my kids too:) Being around them makes it easy for me to see what life was like for me when I was that young. No worries, just love and imagination!

  6. Kids are great aren't they. They seem to have imaginations only limited by the things they don't yet know. Their play is fantastic to watch and listen to. Though to be honest, when they're happily playing, that's when I tend to be writing!I also love reading. I read mostly in the genre I write, but I also read out of it. I think you can become too stuck if you only read one genre. I write crime, but I'm a real convert to some laugh out loud chick lit at the minute. The different styles of writing is good to see.Great post Katie

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