Monday, October 30, 2017

Inspiration #OpenBook Blog Hop

In the words of an old camp song:

I love the mountains,
I love the rolling hills,
I love the flowers,
I love the daffodils,
I love the fireside,
When all the lights are low


Some of my earliest memories take place in the out of doors. We lived in the country, and I remember my mother telling me I could go as far as I wanted as long as I could still see the tops of the willow trees that grew alongside the house. Then the area expanded to as far as I could go and still hear her call that it was time to go home. The older I got, the larger the "safe" zone for me to explore got.

I discovered the old tree that had fallen across the nearby creek and served as a bridge. I followed the creek to the springs that bubbled out of the ground and fed it. I knew here the wild huckleberries and blackberries grew.

I stood quietly and admired the ancient buck I came across until he got tired of me and walked away. I tracked the path of a field mouse in the first winter snow. I sat by the edge of a remote pond and watched the tadpoles at play.

It should come as no surprise that I draw inspiration for my writing from nature. Not only do I try to write outdoor scenes into my stories, I find I'm most creative when I get a "fix" from nature. Going for a walk, or driving down a mountain road, or just sitting in my back yard and soaking in the sun.

Even when I can't get away, I bring nature to me. My screensaver is a rolling compilation of my favorite nature photos—mountains, flowers, rocks, trees, and combinations of all of these.

So what inspires you? Feel free to share in the comments. In the meantime, I'm going to go find out what inspired the others on this hop.

October 30, 2017 – Inspiration. Where do you get your inspiration for writing? When you’re running low on ideas or creative flow, how do you get your inspiration back?
1. Link your blog to this hop.
2. Notify your following that you are participating in this blog hop.
3. Promise to visit/leave a comment on all participants' blogs.
4. Tweet/or share each person's blog post. Use #OpenBook when tweeting.
5. Put a banner on your blog that you are participating.

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