What Inspires You to Write?
by Rodney S. LeonWriting is such a fundamental aspect of our lives that we cannot really function without it on some level daily. To some it comes as natural as breathing or brushing your teeth, or smiling. To others it can come as a matter of daily begrudging necessity. Work reports and paperwork can make writing an unavoidable part of the day.
To some, writing can be inspirational. They can come up with grandiose ideas during random moments such as driving, cooking, showering, at work, during meetings, while chasing their children, or in the waiting room while visiting friends or relatives at the hospital.
Writing from your daily experiences can seem and feel extremely natural because it fits your life as naturally as your skin does. We all have elements of daily life in common that we experience, albeit in different proportions. While for many it can be challenging to find something to write about, it doesn't have to be that way at all. Every aspect of your daily life can have something in it that others might find quite fascinating to read about in depth.
People can literally have hundreds of great books hidden inside them, due to many life experiences, without knowing it. They may have that powerful autobiography they never got around to starting because life itself stays intense. Others may be master mechanics and have in mind the perfect “how to” book that can help millions solve irritating problems they encounter on a daily basis. The person visiting a weak friend at the hospital may get the idea for a book to help hospitals revolutionize their quality of care by simply using more natural foods in post-operative nutritional offerings. (I've actually seen potato chips and soda as part of a hospital dinner for a patient recovering from an operation).
A person in church may get the idea of the collected words of Jesus, or John the Baptist, or Mary, or Solomon, or Moses, etc. A person with an autistic child could write on the challenges and solutions, and the dark and bright moments of dealing with autism. Looking everywhere around you in all directions there are possibilities for inspirational stories with the potential to change someone else's life for the better while learning from your experiences. For example, when we enter and survive a major life crisis, we have accumulated the information that can become extremely useful for someone else to survive the same type of events. We often downplay all of that, and of course, usually are just thankful to have survived it, especially if it was life threatening.
For you, the story is now over and you may be glad to just let it be a fading painful memory when you leave the hospital; but in the parking lot, you may unknowingly pass someone on their way in with the same situation who might even be occupying your bed next.
Imagine how useful your story could be to that person at that moment in their life. It could mean the difference between being terrified at many sources of potential pain or agony and serenely undergoing the experience with foreknowledge of what to expect in detail and being mentally ready for it.
Just think about it.
You would actually have in your pocket or bag the names, contact numbers, information about every medication that will be needed, every aspect of a procedure in detail, in accurate sequence, from freshly current personal experience, and be able to answer many questions about the would be experience more accurately than a doctor could from the patient's perspective. We all have something of value to offer others and often have no idea just how valuable our life experiences can be to another person. But to them it could mean important information on the level of the difference between life and death.
Each form of writing has its own format.
Some have loose sentence structure like this piece because I am going for warmth and relatability. Some have very tight guidelines depending on who the visual audience is. Some are designed to evoke emotion as the driving force behind keeping the attention span of the reader; while others are by their very nature designed to be emotionless and purely factual.
You just have to decide where your interests will take you.
A good motivator to actually get you to writing and finishing a piece is that, once written, your pieces can create a form of immortality for you. Some people in history are remembered only for a phrase they spoke or wrote.
Ponder that and be inspired!
Copyright © 2014 Rodney S. Leon