WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
by LeeAnn Burke
I have often been asked where I get my inspiration and determination to keep writing no matter how busy my life and schedule gets. Different things inspire me, but I have to confess it’s my determination and stubbornness that keeps my butt in the chair writing Now back to inspiration, it can be something I read in the newspaper or watch on TV, but the most effective way to get my creative juices flowing is be surrounded by other writers.
This past weekend I attended the New England Conference in Salem MA. This wasn’t my first trip to that conference or to Salem for that matter. I visited this beautiful town on at least 4 other occasions, all of them on my way to attend the New England Conference. The workshops were amazing and the featured speakers were wonderful. Anne Stuart was hilarious and both Lani Diane Rich and Annette Blair were awe inspiring.
I have to say there is nothing like sitting down at lunch, dinner or breakfast with other creative writers. At the same time as you are introducing yourselves you talk about what you write and where you are in your writing. Quickly those strangers become friends and some times brainstorm buddies. Those mini brainstorm sessions during the meal time are my favorite of all things that happen at a conference.
Now that you know what keeps me inspired let me know what inspires you.