I was thinking about what inspires me to write…

Music, of course, because lyrics have a way of seeping through your skin and anchoring themselves to your soul. They paint pictures of people and places in such vivid lines the words just come right out. Then there’s the rolling green landscapes of my hometown. The kind of scenery that makes your breath catch, sucks time away and swallows you whole. This is all very beautiful, Romantic with a capital R, but instead of telling you what acts as a balm when the sting of writer’s block sets in, I wanted to tell you about what inspired me to write in the first place. So here goes…

About eight years ago my world collapsed. I got sick and suddenly everything that I’d dreamed of becoming when I was a “grownup” was out of reach. Cosmically out of reach.

I’m not the kind of writer that has been jotting down stories since before I could talk. My nose hasn’t been buried in books forever. My sister on the other hand has always been the nose-buried-in-a-book sort. (Don’t worry, I didn’t steal her dreams. She’s not a writer, has never wanted to be. She’s a reader through and through.) But it was my sister that first inspired me to give this writing gig a go.

I spent a long time caught up in a cluster fuck of can’t-get-out-of-bed-sick-feeling-sorry-for-myself-sleeping-my-life-away. Many a time she’d be sat beside me, reading a book, then all of a sudden she’d gasp, pull her eyes away from the page and be like, Louise, could you imagine if…?

At first I was like, No. I can’t imagine anything but black and misery and Sylvia Plath…but eventually Could You Imagine If got the better of me because a.) my sister is persistent and b.) it was actually a really fun game to play.

It was when I wanted to expand on Could You Imagine If that my sister suggested writing stories. Writing stories, now there’s a novel idea (pun absolutely intended). In a week I had a mountain of Could You Imagine If scenarios that had ballooned into stories. I had direction, a brand new plan.

Sometimes I can’t find the right song, or everything I listen to sounds like noise. Sometimes it’s two in the morning and I can’t go traipsing around the countryside in search of poetic scenery for fear of potential serial killers, but if I am in a funk with words and having one of those days when inspiration is as scarce as water in the desert, my sister is always on hand to break out the Could You Imagine If game…


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About bookishblurb

YA writer. Jedi. Junk food enthusiast. Rumored pink Power Ranger, and avid collector of book boyfriends.

16 responses »

  1. Sounds like your sister is pretty cool and I’m so glad your Could you imagine if… gave you a new direction too. It’s a game I love to play myself.

  2. missmkperez says:

    Great post. Thanks so much for joining us on Thursday’s Children! And that photo is all kinds of fabulous 😉

  3. Fabulous game. Fabulous photo. Now I’m imagining if I had a sister :0)

  4. christineallenriley says:

    Oh, I’ve had those days where all I could imagine was Sylvia Plath…I’m so glad you’re imagining other things, now. 🙂 And your sister sounds amazing. I can’t imagine where I’d be with out mine. 🙂

  5. Kate Michael says:

    Total amazeballs with the photo!! And I’m glad you’re playing the “Imagine If…” game. The world will be a better place because of it! So glad you joined Thursday’s Children 🙂

    • bookishblurb says:

      Haha! Thanks Kate! I’m so glad I did too. It’s been a lot of fun…And how welcoming are you guys??!! 😉

  6. Mia Celeste says:

    I want to play the Could You Imagine If Game, too. It sounds magical. Thanks for sharing.


  7. I love that line. It reminds me a lot of trying to see the world (or a piece of writing) through the eyes of a child — being curious, asking questions, and opening your mind up to possibilities.

    Could you imagine if you joined us for Thursday’s Children every week? 😉

    Thanks for sharing!

  8. Great picture! You’re lucky to have her encouragement and support. I hope you’re feeling better now.

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