Where do authors find their inspiration?

Most writers will tell you any intense or traumatic incident or significant life event will eventually find its way onto the written page. Whether writing semi-autobiographical fiction or the wildest fantasy,  our words and ideas spring from our own experiences.

Yesterday evening a rare summer rain fell in my corner of Northern California, blessing the land with cool gentle drops of refreshment. In light of the forecast predictions of triple-digit heat returning after the weekend, my son and I decided to take a walk in the rain.


We were enjoying ourselves, laughing and chatting, when my shoe caught on the edge of a crack in the sidewalk. My son reports that I did a rather fine Scooby-Doo, “Wuh-roh!” impression as I fell. I only remember my surprise when the rough pavement met my soft flesh. My glasses were lying, undamaged, a few feet from my head, but I ignored them and didn’t move while I tried to assess my own condition. I remember saying, “I think I really hurt myself,” but as the initial shock wore off, I decided I’d done no permanent harm.

My son and a very kind homeless man, who’d witnessed my clumsiness, helped me to my feet and I hobbled home, letting the rain sooth the raw wounds on my hands.

I had a long soak in a hot bath with Epsom salts, then took inventory of my injuries. I’d lost a couple of layers of skin from the palms of my hands, bruised my left knee and either sprained or strained my left ankle, right thumb and upper arm, and I have a small bruise on my chin. How lucky! Indeed, how blessed I was.

I’m telling you about my accident because in some future novel my heroine is sure to find herself having a similar experience which will be pivotal to moving forward the plot of the story.

Where do writers get their inspiration? I can’t speak for everyone, but as for me, I just stumble into it.

2 Responses

  1. MaryAnn Forbes

    I’m so sorry that you fell, yet pleased you weren’t more severely hurt.🌷

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