It's fall and the weekend before Samhain and Halloween. I've been remiss in keeping up with my blog so I thought this was the perfect weekend for it. With all the fall color that abounds in the Pacific Northwest, my mind has been revving up with inspiration lately and I thought I would take the time to jot down and capture a few things I love.
Writing inspiration comes in many forms. For me, there are three main things that play a part: art, nature, and friends. Making space in my life for thoughtful reflection, then journaling about and photographing my inspiration is a powerful spiritual practice. Below is a selection of photos from recent outings, either alone or with friends, that have inspired me regarding my current and future writings.
The outdoor images were shot at a public park in the Seattle area near twilight. Each vignette stirred something within me, whether it was the red fire of a maple tree, the rich emerald of copious sword ferns, ivy, and cedars, or the golden sunshine of a towering gingko. The photos of paintings are from the current Seattle Art Museum exhibit, Flesh & Blood: Italian Masterpieces from the Capodimonte Museum. The last painting is A Tango Against Time by Hollis Sigler, which the artist created to chronicle her battle with breast cancer.
After you've viewed the photos, let's go deeper.
For writer friends, what inspires or has inspired your writing?
For readers, what have books you've read inspired you to do?
I'd love to see and know if you care to share in the comments.