Who Inspires You?

/

/ by
In practicing the 30 minute bursts of writing last week I broke into the lofty heights of 1,000 words. My second burst I wrote 929 words so this new writing routine is going well. Overall I wrote 1952 words last week, that's two days worth. Monday and Tuesday I wrote, the rest of the week was hectic and I didn't look at the novel again. 

The strange thing is that I'm not fazed by it, I don't mind that I missed a few days of writing. Doing the 30 minute bursts makes me more relaxed about the whole thing.

Muddled Manuscript

A question has been playing on my mind recently, I don't know if it was the post from Nicola Young about Inspirational Writing or talking to a friend about my writing that prompted it. The question is:

"Who inspires you?"


Snowy Morning View


Two names come to mind, Heather Killough-Walden and Micheal Crichton. If it wasn't for Heather I would never have known how much I love writing. When I learned that she was a SAHM too and still managed to write novels a lightning bolt hit me. I was energised and couldn't wait to get started writing. Of course because I'd been reading Heather's books I tried to write in the fantasy genre and, well let's just say it didn't go well. I finished the first draft but the story wasn't great and the writing was just plain terrible. But I'd got the bug. 

That was four years ago and I will always be thankful that I learned about Heather. You should read her Big Bad Wolf series; it's what I was reading around the time. Heather is a very talented writer and has written lots of books now. I admit to feeling inadequate when I see the number of books she has under her belt.

Michael Crichton, well where do I start? He was such an amazing, talented writer I don't think I could ever come close. Whenever I read his books I marvel at the research that went into writing them, the sheer intelligence required makes my mind boggle. The fact that he had many books made into films and was still writing when he died spurs me to try. After Michael died two novels were found on his computer, one had already been finished and the other was a third finished. If there's one writer I aspire to be like it's Michael Crichton. 

These aren't the only people who inspire me. 

When I think about it many names come to mind and if I wrote them down this post would be a mile long. All the writers (YOU) that take part in Maddy and Chrissie's What I'm Writing linky have inspired me at one time or another. You've all kept me going despite my self-doubt demon attacking at regular intervals. You all have your own processes and responsibilities and yet you continue writing those projects. Brilliant.

Bloggers are writers too, some people may disagree. If you write daily and people read it then you're a writer, it doesn't matter whether it's in a book or on a screen. Again many bloggers inspire me but a few that come to mind are Zaz over at Mama and More, Vicki Psarias aka Honest Mum and Kate Portman of Pouting In Heels. These ladies are strong, beautiful and inspiring. Their posts have made me laugh, cry, and shout at the screen (in agreement). Every day they inspire me to put the effort into all the things I do, be it mothering, writing, or just being me. 

On a personal note the Hubby inspires me. Ever since he was a child he has strived to be the best he can be and I'm stumped by his talent. If my writing can be of the same calibre as his programming I know I'll be a successful writer some day.

Thank you all for reading and now I have a question for you...

Who inspires you?


Mama and More

Brilliant blog posts on HonestMum.com
Post Comment Love

28 comments:

  1. What a lovely, and inspiring post :) Writing wise, the author Tim Parks once wrote me a note telling me to keep on believing and keep writing (which I didn't listen to at the time, and he would no doubt have no recollection of at all) but which I now think about often and keep as a mental reminder.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Iona, your note sounds like a great motivator. It's lovely to have something to think about when you need that boost isn't it?

      Delete
  2. I was smiling all the way through this post Morgan - lovely! Who inspires me? Many and various but in the writing realms I want to write like Rachel Joyce. I like Charity Norman's books too though she hasn't written many yet - in fact it's often the new writers I happen across that inspire me most, perhaps because they feel more like real people to me rather than gods of the literary world! Fab post, thanks for linking to #WhatImWriting.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think you're right about the new writers being inspiring. I love your linky because we share our journey and can celebrate each other's successes. It is inspiring to see Renee's (Mummy Tries) book come out and do well.

      Delete
  3. Aw, what a sweetheart you are. YOU are inspiring. I'm feeling my competitive streak coming out and I'm wondering how many words I could write in 30 minutes. 1000 a that's amazing! I forgot I read the big bad wolf series too. It was good but I liked the Angels one better. I love fantasy books, but like you, I don't know if I would be any good at writing them. Perhaps one day....

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much Nicola. I was really surprised at writing so much, I never thought it possible, but I'm pleased with it. The fantasy books are great for escaping into, I wish I could write them but it's just not going to happen. xx

      Delete
  4. So touched to be included with some of my closest blogging friends whom inspire me deeply. Thanks for being such a supportive blogger, you write beautifully yourself and always from your heart. Thanks again x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much Vicki, that means a lot coming from you. And thank you for inspiring us all. xx

      Delete
  5. Oh wow! Thank you so much. I'm incredibly touched and to be in the company of two of my best blogger pals makes it even better! (I totally agree, they are everything you say and more. Such wonderful women and writers). Loved this post. Thank you for being so kind and supportive, don't worry about that writing talent my friend because you've got it for sure! :-) X

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Katie, you've made me smile. Or grin... like a cheshire cat! :)

      Delete
  6. Ah Morgan, thank you so very much, and I am honoured to be in such wonderful company as esteemed recognised writers and brilliantly witty bloggers/writers. In all honesty when people ask me what I do these days, I say that I am a writer, alongside the other hats I wear (yoga, mama, freelance etc). Keep writing Morgan - you have a beautiful genuine voice, and a wonderful style that so many of us enjoy greatly. Who inspires me? So so many people, and I'm writing a post about exactly that this week! Thanks so much for linking to #AllAboutYou xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Zaz, it's lovely to hear that you enjoy my writing. I often wonder if I'm just babbling to myself but I've had such awesome comments this week, it's amazing. I'm off to read that post now, I've been meaning to all week!

      Delete
  7. Thank you, Morgan. Maddy and I started the linky not knowing what we would end up with and it's all been absolutely fab (and a bit overwhelming in the good way.) I've been blown away by the writing and the immense support. You all inspire me (and, like Nicola, you all bring out my competitive streak too). You push me to push myself and you're all there when it's not going so well. You all have such huge amounts of talent. The support network all of us have created is probably the most inspirational thing of all. Without this, I would never have had the confidence nor drive to think seriously about putting myself out there.
    So there xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That's great Chrissie. We have such a supportive community now that it's easier to deal with the writerly issues we come up against. I'm glad you and Maddy set up the linky and I'll be linking up for as long as it goes. :)

      Delete
  8. Thank you, Morgan. Maddy and I started the linky not knowing what we would end up with and it's all been absolutely fab (and a bit overwhelming in the good way.) I've been blown away by the writing and the immense support. You all inspire me (and, like Nicola, you all bring out my competitive streak too). You push me to push myself and you're all there when it's not going so well. You all have such huge amounts of talent. The support network all of us have created is probably the most inspirational thing of all. Without this, I would never have had the confidence nor drive to think seriously about putting myself out there.
    So there xx

    ReplyDelete
  9. What a lovely post. And I must read the Big Bad Wolf series now! I can think of a few writers I'd like to write like, but I think people who inspire me come from all walks of life. Anyone who keeps striving, preserving, works on making their own opportunities and doesn't let failure stop them in their tracks gets my respect. I love those qualities in people and try to be like that too. Maybe one day!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You are already Emily, you're fighting that writing battle all the time and with the support of our wonderful community you are getting on great! xx Thanks so much for stopping by. xx

      Delete
  10. I meant persevering not preserving!

    ReplyDelete
  11. When I was younger I was mainly inspired by male writers - people like Ian McEwan and Phillip Pullman. I loved their books, but I was also inspired by how being published novelists gave them a platform for expressing their views on things in the real world too - I hope that one day I might be in that position! When I actually came close to beginning to write though it was a female novelist who really inspired me and made me feel like I could actually do this whole novel with a baby thing. Maggie O'Farrel wrote so convincingly about it (http://www.theguardian.com/books/2012/oct/18/maggie-ofarrel-how-to-write-book) that I think I followed her advice and got started pretty much immediately! Now I find the blogging community very inspiring, especially the #whatimwriting peeps. This writing business can be very lonely at times and it's immensely helpful to know I'm not actually alone in my goals... X

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Writing can get incredibly lonely and, like you said, it's nice to know you're not alone. I think the #WhatImWriting linky works so well because most of us are parents too and understand each other's frustrations when we can't get the time to write.

      Thanks for the link, I'm off to give that a read. :)

      Delete
  12. Visiting from #allaboutyou and so happy to read this as Zaz, Vicki and Katie are three of my favourite writers/bloggers too! Good for you for managing to stay on your writing journey and keep relaxed about it - it's hard to fit everything in isn't it. This year I'm finding inspiration in the writings of Oprah Winfrey and Rachel May Stafford but I've long held a torch, from a writing point of view, for Anne Lamott who is just amazing!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. We're so lucky to be inspired by these amazing ladies. It is hard to fit everything in but as long as some words get written then I'm happy. Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. xx

      Delete
  13. Lovely post Morgan! Totally with you on being inspired by the bloggers you've mentioned, as well as ThePrompt linkers, and a few others who'll always have a special place in my heart. I think in life I'm mainly inspired by people who've worked their arses off to get where they are. I'm very lucky to have some truly amazing friends xxx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That's awesome Renee. I think seeing people who work really hard to get where they are is very inspiring. Yes, you're right, The Prompt linkers are great too. All these amazingly talented writers surround us, it's hard not to be inspired by it all. :)

      Delete
  14. My sister inspires me and my son. They are the faces that came to mind when I saw that big font(ed) question in this post.

    I agree that bloggers are writers. I love snowingindoors and podcastdove. Their blog is about telling stories with their photo and I love how they tell them =)

    #pocolo

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Family is my source of energy, they inspire me to try harder all the time. I love that you're inspired by your son.

      I'll hop over to those blogs and have a look, they sound very interesting. :)

      Delete
  15. I love that you motivate yourself by writing down on your blog how many words you have written. What great inspirational people too. Thank you for linking to #PoCoLo x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Victoria, I admit it does keep me going when I know I'll have to report a number next week! They truly are inspirational, and so are you lady. What you have been through lately touched my heart and I was blown away when you continued blogging and fighting back with everything you've got. Love it. xx

      Delete

Follow @ Instagram

Back to Top