Inspiration Strikes Everywhere!

Inspiration is everywhere- stories spawn from Starbucks counters and poems pop up from petting dogs. Be it the most popular dance on Tik Tok, or something more personally powerful, if you can’t stop thinking about something you’ve experienced, write about it and see what happens! Inspired Ink is a great place to share what you find meaningful, and we can’t wait for your submission.

Winter often gets a bad rap for being cold and dreary, but there’s plenty of interesting things to ponder aside from annoyingly slushy sidewalks and grey skies. From a natural perspective, winter is all about survival- what changes are most noteable in your backyard during the transition from warm to cold? Are there any flowers that stay in bloom? Inspired Ink challenges you to find inspiration in inclement weather. Whatever interests you- if only for a moment- write it down. Don’t wait out the winter- write through it!

To jumpstart your creative thinking, here are a few random-thoughts ideas to expand upon in a freewriting exercise.

  • If a fire hydrant had thoughts and feelings what would they be? Does it ever hope to be used? Does it wish it was something else, like a lamppost or a street sign or a mailbox? Why do different townships paint their fire hydrants different colors? (This can be applied to any other sort of inanimate object.)
  • What happens to a book or story when the entire world stops reading it? Do you believe this is possible? If it is, would we realize it? Does this idea apply to books written in dead languages?
  • Is there such thing as superpowers? What constitutes one? Does the ability to lick one’s own elbow count? What about being the only one in your family to pry open a new jar of pickles? Or is it considered a superpower only if you can do things not previously considered possible, like the power of flight or invisibility?
  • If the Google search bar was a person, what would it think of you or your character? If you wipe your search engine’s memory, does it feel like someone with amnesia might, or are there no side effects?
  • Imagine the year is 2060, and a generation of children are growing up with complete documentation of the current generation of teenagers. There is photographic, videographic, and written evidence of Grandma and Grandpa as infants, teenagers, and parents, all saved in digital format. How much of this material is accessible? Do they find our Snapchat selfies and YouTube videos amusing, or are they bewildered and appalled? Do they seek to preserve themselves in the same way?

Submit your winter themed creations to inspiredinkpwpl@gmail.com and feel free to comment on this page to share your inspiration for stories, poems and artwork.

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