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IWSG - What lights your fire?

 This is my Insecure Writers Support Group post for May 2023.

Alex's awesome co-hosts this month are: 
Joylene Nowell Butler, 
Please stop by their blogs and say thank you

May 3 question - When you are working on a story, what inspires you?

I write historical romance, so I do a lot of research. Some of my best scenes were inspired by non-fiction articles or books I read during the planning and plotting phase.

Pictures also inspire me. I'm a visually oriented person, so I often print out images that match my vision of the story's main characters, as well as landscapes of the setting, to help me describe them when I write.

I would post a sample, but because they are for my personal use only, I don't limit myself to images that are royalty free. Sorry...not going to risk getting sued over a blog post.

What about you? What do you do for inspiration?


IWSG is the brainchild of Alex J. Cavanaugh. It's a monthly bloghop that offers a safe haven for writers to express their feelings and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. It's also a venue for offering  support, both in the form of comments and positive posts. Writers of all kinds are welcome. 

We 'meet' the first Wednesday of every month. If you're interested in learning more, click on the link above. And don't be intimidated by the size of the group. We're not expected to visit everyone on the list


  1. Definitely don't want to get sued over a blog post!

  2. That's great that research and pictures inspire you.

  3. Research is a good one. That will often trigger stuff for me.

  4. Oh yes, coming across a tidbit of historical detail has inspired me on occasion.

  5. I do the same thing!!! Great minds, right??

  6. There's a twitter poster called Traces of Texas. He posts a lot of historical photos of Texas places, some with people (so clothing), some with old buildings, all sorts of things.

  7. I like visuals, too, which is why I use Pinterest Boards for my stories.

  8. I like to do "face claims" for my characters when I'm starting a story. Same with those being ones I don't share since I just pull them from Google.

  9. Inspiration is always all around us. Great post!


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