Where Does Inspiration Come from?

I wonder sometimes where inspiration comes from. I never know when or where my muse is going to inspire me. Plans can be made sometimes to write but they don’t always work out.

When I write a book I begin with a title. If I don’t have a title I cannot begin to write. Once in a while I need to tweak a title a little as the story may take a twist or turn in another direction. I have only changed the title on two books out of 24 books published so far. With the title selected I feel inspired to begin.

My inspiration comes from first my title, then my grandchildren who love to read, my love of reading, and my desire to inspire children of all ages to grow to love books as much as I do.

I believe that inspiration can come from many aspects of our lives in everyday things. It could be a great book we read, something we heard in passing, an experience that changed our thinking, someone we met that left an indelible mark on our lives or just the fact that we feel inspired to write because we love the joy we experience when we create a new story.

Once I begin a new book I feel the energy flowing, my muse working overtime and the characters taking over the plot. The characters become my inspiration. I let them have their say up to a point. It is an incredible feeling of being free to sit back as if I am a passenger on a journey not knowing where I am going.

I do occasionally write up some notes and a bare bones outline when I feel inspired to do so. Most of the time I let my fingers do the traveling across the keyboard. I try to write every day in one form or another whether I feel inspired or not. I find that once I begin writing I feel inspiration taking over and the words flow. I am in my element at this point and feel blessed.

I try to find some time every day to write whether it’s quiet in my house or not. Once I find a genre to write in nothing can stop me. I thoroughly enjoy writing for MG/PT/YA with my Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series and Abby & Holly Series.

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My next inspiration is Book 3 of Abby & Holly with more ghosts, secrets of the past and mysteries to solve. Fun adventures that can be enjoyed by both girls and boys.

What inspires you to write? Do you write every day whether you are inspired or not? May your muse be at your side every day and inspire you to write! Happy writing!

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About jjspina

Janice is an award-winning author with 12 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 9 middle-grade/preteen/young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 3 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her children's book, Lamby the Lonely Lamby, won a Silver Medal in the Mom's Choice Awards. Book 1, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Missing Cell Phone, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and Honorable Mention from Readers' Favorite Book Awards. Book 2, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and so did Book 3, The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series. Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Broose the Moose on the loose, Colby the Courageous Cat, Book 5, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost, and Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, Davey & Derek Book 6, and Abby & Holly Books 1 & 2 all won Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards. Abby & Holly Book 1 School Dance won a Bronze Medal from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. Book 5 of Davey & Derek also won a Silver Medal from Authorsdb Cover Contest. Hunting Mariah and Mariah’s Revenge were Finalists in Authorsdb First Lines Contest, Book 4 of Davey & Derek Series was a Finalist in Red City Review and received a 5-Star Review from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. All Janice's books are available on Amazon.com, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on Book 4 of Abby & Holly series for girls and a Dragon series for young children. A YA fantasy series will be coming in 2020 and beyond along with more children's books. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog http://jemsbooks.blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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3 Responses to Where Does Inspiration Come from?

  1. It is wonderful that you write so easily, Janice. I never had a title until the end and I usually change it.

  2. That’s interesting, Janice! Like Robbie, I usually come up with a title about halfway through the story and sometimes it can change two or three times before the end, lol

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