This week: Finding your Inspiration Edited by: spidey
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Welcome to the Contests & Activities Newsletter
. I'm spidey
, and I'm your Editor this week!
What inspires you?
And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, 'If this isn't nice, I don't know what is.' " - Kurt Vonnegut Jr., A Man Without a Country
There have been at least two moment I can clearly think of that I uttered that quote Mr. Vonnegut suggests. I can close my eyes, take a breath, and I'm there in that moment again. For me, those moments tend to happen when I'm out in nature. I can feel the sun, I can smell the leaves or the water, and I can hear the birds singing.
I often use that as inspiration when I write. I try to place myself inside a moment, a feeling, a setting, or a character. And then I write what comes to feel in that moment. That's how I've written my poetry since I was a teenager.
At this point, I would typically give a list of other ideas of how to find your inspiration, but I don't have any other ideas. That's always been the way I've done it, and I don't know any other way. Do you? Let me know below!
I think my strategy can have its drawbacks. It would be hard for me to write about an emotion or situation that I haven't experienced. It might be hard for me to place myself inside that moment. I'm afraid the moment wouldn't come across authentically if I couldn't feel it myself. How do you write about something you haven't experienced? Seriously, if you have, let me know your approach!
I'd love to hear from you below on how you come up with your inspiration!
Take care, and as always, keep on writing!
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Feedback from my last newsletter "Contests & Activities Newsletter (September 21, 2022)" , which discussed word count/length limits in contests and activities.
I admit I tend to decide on what lengths to have for my contests based on what's not widely available on the site. This means that for my fiction contest I go for longer pieces (including a minimum word count). My journal/blog contest, though? It's only eight entries, but I've heard that the prompts can definitely give participants' imaginations a workout. In both cases, I was creating opportunities for works that did not fit the typical lower word counts and for those that are not able to commit to a full month of journal/blog prompts.
~ Elisa: Stik-or-Treat
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What is your strategy for finding inspiration?
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