Inspiration is Everywhere

"Sometimes there's so much beauty in the world, I feel like I can't take it, and my heart is just going to cave in." –Ricky Fitts, American Beauty

It occurred to me not that long ago, that I've been taking something for granted. Something huge, that I'd forgotten and been too caught up with life to notice.

We live in a truly beautiful world.

Photo credit: darkrigel on Flickr

Seriously, we do! It doesn't matter where you live, if you really pay attention to your surroundings, I think you'll also find that there's beauty all around us— not just beauty, but inspiration waiting to be noticed. And we writers could always use a little extra dose of inspiration.

As writers, we need to learn to be alert and aware of our surroundings at all times— we need to be observers so that we can pick up on the little moments that most may miss, but could be the inspiration that starts your next novel. We need to be on the lookout for beauty.

In this case, I don't mean the conventional definition for beauty— I mean anything that could turn into inspiration.

Beauty is a rainy night and when the fog sits over the road and blankets the base of the trees around you and it's just moody enough to sit on eerie.

Beauty is a piece of broken glass on the street that's catching the sun just right.

Beauty is a new parent looking at their newborn for the first time.

Beauty is the morning after the first snowfall, when everything is perfectly pristine and white and quiet.

Beauty is an abandoned warehouse consumed by the Earth around it.

Beauty— inspiration for our writing— it's everywhere. We just need to become aware of it so we can see it.
Interestingly, I stumbled (or tumbled, I should say) across this video after writing this post. It’s a wonderful example of our majestic world and if you have the time, I highly recommend you watch a few minutes of it. Enjoy!

Where do you find inspiration for your writing?


antoinette . said...

beautiful post and video

Ava Jae said...

Thank you! ^_^

Susi said...

That video was amazing...I adore looking at the sky and in a way seeing possibilities. One of my favorite things to do is sit on the beach around sunset and just watch how every color changes around's amazing!!!

Ava Jae said...

So glad you enjoyed it! I thought the video was beautiful so I knew I had to include it. We really do live in a stunningly beautiful world.

Krista Snapdragon said...

I get inspiration from sunsets. As I child I used to call them "miracle skies." For some reason that has really stuck with me.

Ava Jae said...

Miracle skies! That's adorable--and fitting, I think. Sunsets can really be breathtaking. 

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