Leo's Angel Oak Tree

Saturday, February 26, 2011


February sucks for teachers, let me just say! Why? In Texas, our Fourth Grade Students get to take their Writing TAKS test, but that is not why it stinks the big one. Teachers during this month are zapped of all energy and are staying at work until 6 or 7 o'clock (not to mention bringing home mounds and mounds of compositions to read and critique).  During February, I kinda feel like an agent.

Needless to say, I haven't written, blogged, tweeted, or anything else for a couple of weeks.  I need some INSPIRATION.  Maybe you do, too, at times like this one when things are crazy in your life. So, I want to challenge you to think of four things that inspire you to write. Post it on your blog and link us in the comment box.  I think we can all use some ideas to get going again.


1.  Barbra Streisand: (I'm a singer and there is no one better than her!) When I pop on one of her albums, her voice feeds my soul.  I don't know what it is about her talent, but every time I listen to her, I want to write automatically.  Her songs are relaxing, calming, and whoosh away all of my excuses.  So, Babs, THANKS!

2. Other Writers: We all should have writerly friends who inspire us, either with words of encouragement, work to critique, funny stories, or that much needed kick in the pants.  I love my writer friends.  One of them (My Writer BFF) has been begging me to send her some words, and although she may not know it, she is really encouraging me to keep writing.  That way I have something to send to her soon.  You know who you are...Love and hugs!!

3. An IDEA: Nothing gets me more pumped than an exciting new idea.  My adrenaline pumps and subplot ideas swirl around in my head.  I bet I have about five notebooks going right now just itching for me to plot.  Right now, I am rewriting for the third time one of my books (and I mean a total rewrite), and those new ideas are screaming at me to hurry up.

4. Family and Friends: Just for simply asking, "How's the writing going?", "When can I read the next one?", or "You need to get out of the school building, Melissa, and go home to write.  I'm watching the security cameras and you better be out in five minutes!" (That one was my principal and good friend). I couldn't do what I love to do without each of you encouraging me.

Now, I could go on forever, but I need to stop this post to write a scene for that lovely writer friend who loves to email me for more work.  *Smiles*

So, what inspires you?  Tell us in the comment box or post a blog and link it in comments.


  1. As an artist, inspiration comes from many places. But just to name a few, music, no lyrics necessary, just sounds that get me jamming. Video games also inspire me, as juvenile as it sounds, games these days have very well written storylines along with stunning visuals. For example, in Assassin's Creed II, I explored 15th century Italy, from Tuscany to Venice. Inspiration also comes from studying cultures, subcultures and history, basically anything outside the norms of society. :)

  2. Hi! Well, my inspiration is very random. From a piece of music to a sunset to a simple phrase. I don't have any kind of explanation on how it works. :)