Inspiration from all sorts of places

This week, we’re talking about writing inspiration. I tried to answer this question in a delightful prose-oriented blog entry, but kept on getting foiled by having way too much to talk about—because as a former journalist, everything pretty much spurs me to pick up a pen! So here is a short list of things that have inspired me over the years. Make one for yourself — you might find it a fascinating read!

The rent was due.

I’d never seen moonlight so bright.

A teacher who told me I couldn’t do it.

Another teacher who told me I couldn’t do it.

A teacher who told me I could.

I’d never been the one broken up with—I’d always done the breaking up. I wanted to see how that felt.

The bullies were teasing me and I needed an outlet for my feelings.

I’d failed, and failed, and failed, and hell, why not try?

I get an emotional kick out of well-crafted paragraphs.

Books make me happy.

I thought I could do it better.

I couldn’t get enough of one particular series, so I kept on writing similar stories so I could keep that thrill close to my heart.

Words are music.

All I wanted to do was write, and I could think of no better career than to continue writing.

I want fanart, and the only way to get fanart is to write something worth loving.

I learned how it felt to break hearts and have my heart broken on the same night, and I’ve been searching for that feeling ever since.

I could live on stories.

It’s fun.

Star Trek.

The fact that people can be heroes in a thousand mad, everyday ways.

My friends were writing.

Roses. Daisies. Cherry blossoms. Glitter.

Newspapers. Every single day, newspapers.

The scent of incense. The echo of a choir. The thunder of an orchestra.

Catan. Apples to Apples. Cards Against Humanity.

The smile of a friend.

I have to feed the baby.


Because you’re reading this.


Author: Karen Osborne

KAREN OSBORNE is a writer, visual storyteller and violinist. Her short fiction appears in Escape Pod, Robot Dinosaurs, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Uncanny and Fireside. She is a member of the DC/MD-based Homespun Ceilidh Band, emcees the Charm City Spec reading series, and once won a major event filmmaking award for taping a Klingon wedding. Her debut novel, Architects of Memory, is forthcoming in 2020 from Tor Books.