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NaJoWriMo Day 2
Your Creative Influences

Yesterday you wrote about ways you express yourself creatively. For today’s journal entry, write about your creative influences. Who and what makes you feel creative. Who and what do you draw creative inspiration from? You might consider writing your journal entry in the form of a letter to a creative person or type of creative expression (singer, painter, genre of music, sports player, science fiction, author, poet, etc) who you admire and draw inspiration from.

Now THIS was an interesting prompt for the simple reason that I’ve never thought about where I get inspiration from. So I decided to shuffle back through what I’ve written on here and in my journal for the last two years to see just exactly what has driven me to the paper and the computer. (Although it might have been easier to list what has NOT inspired me!)

Here’s SOME of what I found:

  • Other’s writing (historical fiction, fantasy, sci-fi)
  • The Bible
  • Music
  • Quotes
  • Odd words
  • Surprising moments (in nature, relationships, life in general)
  • Traditions (family, religious, patriotic, Celtic)
  • Strong emotions (hurt feelings, fear [especially], uncertainty, joy, discouragement, embarrassment)
  • The Night (moon, stars, twilight, dawning)
  • Spirituality
  • Striving
  • Family (marriage, children, extended family)
  • The Ocean
  • The Wizard
  • Monuments
  • Inner journey
  • Poetry
  • Real life happens to those around me

That was quite enlightening. I guess I’m inspired by most anything! And here’s a letter/poem to an “inspirer…

My Dearest Earen*

how oft have i sat with you
listening, your calm serenity
sedating my anxious mind;
or run alongside as you
played your game of kiss and run…

yet have i not beheld your anger
as you raged at all within your reach
only to settle once more
at the end of your temper,
a parent gently rocking a child…

frightened as i am
by your capricious moods,
still, you mesmerize me.
i long for your voice,
your song fills my senses
with womb sounds,
and when i’m near you
it is as if i’m waiting to be born again…


(*Earen — Elvish [Quenya] for Ocean/Sea)


Inspired by a favorite quote of mine from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Silmarillion:

And it is said by the Eldar that in water there lives yet the echo of the Music of the Ainur…and many of the Children of Iluvatar hearken still unsated to the voices of the Sea, and yet know not for what they listen.


Picture Sources:
Inspiration — OBOlinx
Hand in Ocean — Twitter