By Leslie Lindsay(image (by TeddyAndTaft)
We writers look for inspiration in just about everything we do–and everyplace we go. So, it isn’t all that unusal that I am finding inspiration in all of the wrong places. Let me explain:
Just this week, the latest Ballard Designs catalog landed in my mailbox. I haven’t taken the time to flip through it till this morning. There on page 8 of the catalog is a little ditty about first impressions (it has to do with your entryway/front porch). Since my book opens with a knock on the door, this was perfect. Also perfect is that my female character later declares that she is giving up her pharmaceutical sales rep career in favor of becoming a decorator. I think I just may borrow and recreate a similar statement for my character as the one in the Ballard catalog. See what I mean about inspiration?
And then last night, reading a book to my kids, I come across all kinds of great alliteration and onomatopoeias….skitter, scurry, skate, slither…the book was sort of a t0ngue-twister about seeds and flowers no less, but hey–it stoked the ol’ creative brain/word bank.
Finally, on the way to drop my kids off at day camp this morning, another inspiration when I looked up at the back of a home as I drove past–a tiny window on the third floor, beckoning an attic office. I think I need to incorporate that in my prose somehow.
You see…inspiration can come at you in all the wrong places…but it works!
Write on, Wednesday!
For more inspiration on onomatopoeias, see: