cloud formationAs an author, I am often asked, “What inspires you to write?” The answer to that is both simple and complex. I am motivated by many things. It could be something as small as an insect crawling on the ground, a cloud formation, or an emotion that was aroused within me.

As many of you may know, the PRINCESS KANDAKE series was inspired by my granddaughter. She wanted to be a princess and because I really have no tolerance for the messages of the typical princess stories, I felt compelled to create a totally different kind of princess. A story where the people are not surprised by the strength of her character or her determination and independence. But this is a post about inspiration, let me get back to that.

I recently watched a movie on television called The Magic of Belle Isle. I highly recommend it. The plot was fairly straightforward and well-acted about a struggling author and recently divorced mom. It was beautiful! It called to the story within me! It begged for me to write.

There have been many movies, books, or situations that have had this effect upon me. I am not sure how to explain it other than to say that something awakens within me and a story is born. It’s like a feeling of the fantastic, a yearning that must be expressed, the groaning of something yet to be given birth. In simpler terms, my creativity has been quickened and I must write, yet again.

The story I develop must be one that has appeal for my audience: action, struggles, light romance. This is not an easy thing to do. In everything I write, I must consider the age of my audience, being careful not to take them any farther than they are truly ready to go. And because my readers are savvy, intelligent beings, I include a tiny bit of life’s wisdom for them to chew on. I add something they can take away from the story that they can apply to their lives. This is regardless of whether the tale takes place in modern day, the ancient past, or far in the future. Honestly, sometimes that bit of wisdom is what can inspire a story.

So now I am writing a story about one of the characters in my PRINCESS KANDAKE series. I am not quite sure where it is leading, but I will follow wherever the character takes me and tell the story he lays before me. But I will tell you a tiny secret…the inspiration for this story is supporting others while building a life of your own and what that looks like when romance enters the picture.

Stephanie Jefferson is the author ‘Tween action/adventure series, PRINCESS KANDAKE. When she isn’t researching a new book (aka people watching) she’s hanging 20010002out with her favorite people or enjoying some new craft. You can find out more about Stephanie Jefferson on her Website, Blog, or on Facebook

15 thoughts on “Inspiration!

  1. Lovely piece, Stephanie. I’m glad you didn’t skimp on Kandake’s character. She was a princess I admired!

    Funny, I had one of those moments of inspiration just yesterday. I was in the shower, and the entire final scene to the series I’m writing just poured out on me with the water. I flung on a towel and rushed–dripping–to get it typed up before I lost it! Now to get the middle 130,000 words finished up… 🙂

  2. Beautiful post, Stephanie. And isn’t it a beautiful reality that some people look at clouds and see clouds, while others have been blessed with that special insight that allows them to see whole new worlds. It never ceases to amaze me what a vivid imagination can do.

    1. Thank you so much. I absolutely agree. I rarely see only what’s in front of me. There is always so much more.

  3. I enjoyed your post. It is funny how good ideas often come in unexpected ways. It is no wonder the ancients thought of it as divine. I enjoyed the Magic of Belle Isle as well. It is a nice departure from the usual Hollywood fare. Good luck with your writing.

  4. Lately I’ve been struggling with inspiration on the book I’m writing. Maybe I should take a minute to watch/read other quality works and feel the inspiration. Great post.

    1. Lois, that is what works for me. When I can’t think of what to do next I either watch a movie, read a book, or go outside to see what nature is doing.

  5. Loved your post! I think inspiration–and remaining inspired–are an essential part of being a writer. We have to keep filling the well if we want to keep dipping into it.

    I also liked your side comment on being true to character. My post looks at how Star Wars does just that, so I guess we were on the same wave-length. 😉

    1. You aren’t kidding, Suzanne about keeping things going. There are days when I feel as if the well dried up and has blown away.

  6. Yes, it’s amazing how inspiration can ambush you when you least expect it. Love how you have taken a stand to create your own version of what a princess should be like. Cheers!

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