What is inspiration? Inspiration is one of those words that can encomass so many things. Webster's disctonary gives us three definitions: 1.) a divine influence or action on a person believed to qualify him/her to recieve and communicate sacred revelation (which includes; the action/power of moving the intellect.emotions and the act of influenceing/suggesting opinions); 2.) the act of drawing in and 3.) the quality/state of being inspired. Inspiration comes to people in all shapes, colors and sizes.
As a child, I lived in a small town with plenty of wild places that welcomed my fairytale stories. As an adult there are still places that invoke that spirited little girl's world, but I've found that lately my inspiration has come from the Steampunk community. As a part of my research in the culture, I joined a few local groups and spoke with people active in the community. They opened my eyes to a lot of things I wouldn't have thought of before.
Recently, I had the chance to attend a local Steampunk convention, GearCon. Even having only been it's first year, it was amazing. Not only were the costumes imaginative and amazing, but so were the people. Everyone was welcoming and willing to share any information they had. I left that one day, yes just one day, readt to sink myself back into my steampunk world and bring it forth.
What inspires me now is the openness and the willingness to invent and share those inventions. Isn't that what writing is all about? As authors we invent our novels, work hard to put them to paper (or computer), with the end goal of sharing that story with the world. I was also inspired to know that even though there are great steampunk novels out in the world, there are a rare few that are romance.
What inspires you? And why?