Saturday, December 25, 2010

More Thoughts About Inspiration

I've recently discovered that old photographs are an incredible source of inspiration.

When visiting my family in Massachusetts earlier this month, my sister and I stayed up late several nights, talking. Okay, I admit it, every night!

She showed me some old family photos, like from the 1920s and 1930s. We speculated about our family, our grandparents, and our great-grandparents. We tossed around old stories, old rumors--both hilariously funny and tremendously sad. 

As we speculated, my imagination went wild, and so did Celenie's. I came up with a terrific plot idea for a family saga-type story that includes romance, betrayal, and all kinds of other heartstring-tugging emotions.

It's amazing how you can what-if your way into creating a reality. (I guess soap operas do that on a daily basis, eh?)

Anyway, this photo of my daughter dressing up as a hula girl is just a visualization of how wonderful it is to pretend and what-if. Care to dig up and share any of your inspiring photos? If so, send them to me and I'll post them and we can get some really wild stories going!


  1. What wonderful fun, Linda. I didn't have siblings so I can only compare to sleep overs with girlfriends, one in particular after a night closing the local pub down in Coventry, England? we lay awake talking, wondering, philosophyzing... I did say we'd closed the bar down. Ironically, I ran across a few fun pics today. I'll send you one.

    I found an interesting exercise in my What If Book for Writers this week. Maybe that's why I've been having so many new early am ideas!

    Merry Christmas

  2. Do send one or more pics, Marley. I think I'll post them on Author Exchange Blog and get a little what-if going using that as the catalyst!