Thursday, March 3, 2016

The Wings of Inspiration

by Sparkle Abbey

“All the effort in the world won’t matter if you’re not inspired.”―Chuck Palahniuk

Inspiration is everywhere. As writers, we are always looking for ways to be stirred to greatness. Inspiration drives action…or in our case, words on the blank page.

When we’re on deadline, we don’t get to wait for inspiration to hit, we have to sit down and do the work. But that doesn’t mean we stop looking for ways to add joy or meaning to our lives, and our stories.

We’re moved by great books, and entertaining movies. An oceanside photo, and a road trip with our closest girl friends. A great conversation, and other people’s success stories. 

The way we live our lives often provides our greatest inspiration: a positive attitude, and a large dose of laughter.

Sometimes inspiration is so close we just have to take a moment and stop; be mindful in that instant by listening to the silence, and taking a few deep cleansing breaths.  

We also love a good quote. Here are a few that have inspired us recently.

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve always imagined.” –  Henry David Thoreau.

“As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.” – Amy Poehler

“Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people.” – Spencer Johnson

These are the things that lift and inspire us, but we’re not all inspired by the same things or in the same ways. So what inspires you?

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Melinda Langston, amateur sleuth and Bow Wow Boutique owner, finds herself "Glamping Under the Stars" with a blackmailer, Orange County's hottest new gourmet pet chef, Addison Rae. But before Mel can put an end to Addison's strong-arming, the chef is found dead. Mel is just one of many suspects who had motive to snuff out the demanding chef. 

Was it Redmond, the angry sous chef who detested working for Addison? What about rival chef, Pepper Maddox? The glamping chef gig was hers until Addison blackmailed her way into the job. And then there's Asher, a charming fellow camper whose past relationship with Addison isn't the only secret he's guarding. Mel's not one to tuck tail and run, even when it looks like she may be the next victim.

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  1. What inspires me is other people. I learn their stories and take heart, decide I can do something that I doubted, work harder, overcome, keep on truckin' and so on and on. If I am in need of an idea to spark my writing, a plot twist, let's say...then by talking to a friend, my imagination gets jump started. In short, I am all about communicating with and reaching out to other people. We are all in this life together...yet none of us is going to get out alive. We need to love and support each other.

  2. Here is my salute to the author duo that comprises SPARKLE ABBEY...out of whose imaginations come the wittiest titles in the book biz! Bar none!

  3. I find what inspires me most is hearing about other writers' successes, and frequently how they achieved it. When I talk out my story scenes with writer friends, that also inspires me--mostly because it always unlocks the next few ideas and less meandering paths toward completion of a project. I am also inspired by good quotes. One of my favorites is: Begin.