Thursday, July 14, 2016

What Inspires You? by Terri Weldon

When I sat down to write this post I was watching Dr. Who. And it occurred to me that at times my inspiration comes from movies, other books, television programs, sermons, a sentence in a conversation (mine or someone else’s), and most definitely scripture.

Do all these sparks of inspiration turn into a book? Not even close, but they do spark my creative juices. I’ll never write a character like Dr. Who, but while watching the program I might wonder why people are so drawn to him, so devoted, and willing to follow him anywhere. That query sends my mind in two directions: 

1. Can I write a strong hero, perhaps military, whose troops would be willing to follow him anywhere?

2. It would be totally wicked to write a villain with that kind of pull over people. 

I’ve stopped counting the number of times I’ve watched The Fugitive. Trying my best to figure out how the writer wrote a screenplay that draws you from the beginning and refuses to let go. Wouldn’t we all love to have that gift?

When I’m reading my daily Bible I might run across a verse that inspires me or even just a few words. When I do I jot them down in the notes section of my phone. One day I simply listed the book, chapter, and verse and said good scripture for a suspense novel. A word of caution, put in a few more details. There have been times I’ve looked at that verse and wondered why I thought that. 

Since I’ve shared a little bit about how I find inspiration I’m hoping you will do the same. What inspires you? What sparks the creative genius in your brain?

Terri Weldon is a lead analyst by day and an author by night. She enjoys gardening, reading, and shopping for shoes. One of her favorite pastimes is volunteering as the librarian at her church. It allows her to shop for books and spend someone else’s money! Plus, she has the great joy of introducing people to Christian fiction. She lives with her family in Oklahoma. Terri has two adorable Westies – Crosby and Nolly Grace. Terri is a member of ACFW and OCFW, a local chapter of ACFW. Her dream of becoming a published novelist came true in November 2013 when Mistletoe Magic, released from White Rose Publishing.


Readers can connect with Terri: Website: www.TerriWeldon.com & Blog: Seriously Write

9 comments:

  1. It feels like a mystery, doesn't it? All of a sudden, there's an idea, and who knows what made you think that way. I was sitting in church one Sunday, and the pastor asked a pretty innocuous question: What's one thing you refuse to sacrifice to God? Well, most people probably thought something like "chocolate" or "TV." My answer was out of nowhere, a little shocking, and too personal to share here. But it sparked an idea, and by the time I left church that day, I had a story plotted. In that case, I think inspiration came straight from God. :)

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    1. Now I'm curious! LOL

      Sermons are excellent sources of inspiration. They definitely seem like God speaking to you.

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  2. Inspiration comes from so many places... Movies, newspaper articles, personal stories I'm told, personal experiences, etc. I just have to remember to look at all of those things as potential starting points for stories, and then jot down my ideas. ;-)

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    1. Dawn, I have a file folder full of ideas. Some of those are from newspapers and other media.

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  3. Wow - great post! I'm a huge Dr. Who fan! I would enjoy a book with a villian with that persuasive personality.

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    1. I love a reader's opinion. Thanks so much for chiming in. I think that personality would make a wicked villain.

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  4. I am inspired by many of the same things that you talk about. I've given up on the news (TV and paper) as I've found it to be too negative for me. Books, magazines articles and movies work for me. But my biggest inspiration comes from people watching. If I were a cat, my curiosity would have done me in by now lol. I love to watch people when I'm out and try to figure out who they are and what is going on in their lives. Great story sparks come to me this way more than any other way :)

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    2. People watching is excellent! My sister is a people watcher and I keep trying to convince her to write.

      By the way, my Kindle has a copy of Snowglobe Reunion. I'm SO excited to read it.

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