Researching Leads to Inspiration

I love doing research because it leads to inspiration for me. Sometimes it's a new chapter that I hadn't planned on, or an entire new book idea that springs up. History in particular is a subject that I love, but not just any history. I like to find the stories that haven't been told, things that were covered up by the conquerors.

While researching recently I was struck with an idea for a novel but it was set in a time period that is so overdone that I myself cringe at the thought of reading anything set in that era. But, there remains a story that is untold and that drew me in like a moth to a flame. Still, I wanted the idea itself to be unique, not just the story. Editing another book as I am, I put thoughts of the story aside to work on later.

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But my muse had other plans. He woke me in the middle of the night (Did I mention this is how I picture my muse? He's very demanding. You don't say no to a man like that.) and inspired me with a beautiful, original idea. So I was up half the night jotting down notes. Then of course my dreams were all centered on the story, bringing the people within it to life and even more ideas to the table. This leaves me with no choice but to start outlining or the idea will drive me crazy. How about you, does inspiration ever keep you up at night? And do you find inspiration from research?


  1. No, you don't say no to a guy like that! :)
    I love it when I get struck by a great idea that stalks me. It's a total high. Follow it where it may lead and have fun with it!

    1. I know right?! Following it down the rabbit hole... thanks! :)

  2. Hi, Heather...

    That is ONE TOUGH MUSE.... I wish mine was as demanding. LOL.

    How great to have such an inspiration. It's been way too long since I've been that strongly inspired.

    I LOVE research too... And yes, it does stir one's imagination....

    Hope all is well!

    1. Now you know why I write as much as I do! LOL! It has been way too long, I've missed chatting with you. All that writing has kept me away.


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