Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Root of All Inspiration

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question and answer it on our own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

This Week's Topic:

Who in your life has most inspired your writing?

YAY! Time for acknowledgments!

James Patterson—for his genius page-turners. For Maximum Ride. He’s why I strive for riveting action, crisp language, clever dialogue, and page-turning chapter endings.

And he’s not the only one, but he was the first. I’m continually inspired by brilliant writers like John Green, Suzanne Collins, Lauren Oliver—gosh, I could go on and on and on and…

My students—they inspire me on a daily basis through their humor, their drama, their idiosyncrasies that make them uncannily loveable even if what they share with me is most TMI

My writer friends—to chat with them is the biggest rejuvenation. Their advice, critiques, even their tough love - mucho uplifting

My family—my skin’s pretty thick, but it would crumble off my body without the support of my family.

God—without Him I can do nothing. He constantly feeds me inspiration; therefore, He’s inspiring.

How about YOU? Who fuels your passion?


  1. Anyone. Any moment can inspire me.

  2. That's great that your students inspire you!

  3. Yay for family, other writers, and God! I agree. Cool that MAXIMUM RIDE is what you strive for; I read that and enjoyed it. :)

    Have a great writing day!

  4. Writer friends are essential. I've avoided many a mental breakdown because of them. :)

  5. My pre-schoolers are wonderful too. They're so imaginative I can't help but be inspired by their creativity and enthusiasm.

  6. I have an awesome group of friends and family, and a totally terrific crit group, but I have to say (I'm a romance writer) I've gotten a lot of mileage out of bad boyfriends. I can either torture somebody with a similar look or personality, or create an anti-them who's wonderful.

    Writing in Flow

  7. Writer friends for sure. Everything you said plus being out in nature and craft of writing books. Enjoy the blogfest!

  8. yay for family!! I think Writer friends are always good when we feel out of the loop. They know how to rein us in and make sure that we don't quit.

  9. It's always good to have a long list when it's time to answer a question like this!

  10. I admire many authors - the first is Agatha Christie who inspired my love of reading. I love others for the things they offer like Robert B. Parker for his wit and dialogue, Nelson Demille for descriptions and intrigue, Anita Shreve for bringing out the emotion.

    But it was my son, then 6 months old, who gave me the idea that I could actually put my thoughts on to paper. Riley is my muse.

  11. Found you from the A-Z April challenge.... I'm still visiting everyone. Happy to follow along! Happy writing to you!

  12. By the way Alison you're in this week's Friday shout out in a yee old Folk Tale :)

  13. Each book finds someone new looking over my shoulder. I guess they inspire me because it's always them I think about while writing that book.

    Anyway, I enjoyed your post. We don't do this alone, it's nice to remember that. I have a versatile blogger award just for you. Stop by for a chat anytime and pick it up;
    Have fun with it!!


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