Be Inspired By Mary Jaksch If your inspiration for writing isn’t flowing, gaze at each of these ten quotes. Let your mind roam free and they will trigger ideas and inspire you. As the quote by Thomas Merton above implies, we both find ourselves and lose ourselves in the creative process. And it takes courage. Writing takes courage. Writing changes us. Each idea, each sentence we write changes us, because awareness is irreversible. But what about the people around us who tell us that we can’t do it, that we should set our sights lower? Mark Twain says: Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. Sometimes we forget why we write. And then the joy of words tumbling out and finding each other reminds us why we do it. What’s the right way to become a writer? Matthew McConaughey has a simple answer. Remember that creative thoughts are shy. Let them come to you and don’t try to hunt them down. Writing is a blessing. It’s a solace; a healing of the soul. Sometimes, we can get too serious about writing. Remind yourself that writing is fun! I think we need to be generous with our words. After all, they are our gift to the world. Here’s what Annie Dillard has to say about this: One of the few things I know about writing is this: Spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it all, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book, or for another book. Give it, give it all, give it now. -Annie Dillard Yes. Start writing. Give it all. Smile. Your inspiration for writing will come.