Love Inspired Authors Share 5 Tips for Finding Creative Inspiration in 2019
To help with your New Year’s resolutions, Love Inspired authors are sharing their tips for finding inspiration in everyday life. Whether you’re looking for a new perspective, a source of positivity or the chance to try something brand-new, these suggestions can help guide you toward an inspiring year ahead!
- Be open to new ideas and you’ll find them everywhere.
“I draw inspiration from books, movies, TV shows, the person walking in front of my car at a traffic light, a dream, a word, something someone says that sounds interesting, someone asking if I’ve ever thought about writing about (blank), a title that pops into my head and so much more. I start thinking about what my story might look like and my mind spins out of control, throwing ideas out willy-nilly. My problem is not having enough time to write all the story ideas I come up with.” —Mary Davis
- Immerse yourself in different communities and experiences.
“I draw inspiration from researching and traveling to Amish communities, from other writers and from what I’ve discovered about romantic relationships, family and God in my own life. Sometimes inspiration strikes out of nowhere and I can hardly type fast enough to keep up with it; it is truly as if the story and characters have lives of their own and I’m just writing it all down. (I love it when that happens!)” —Carrie Lighte
- Tune in to what is going on around you.
“Inspiration comes from so many sources. A glimpse of random strangers interacting blossoms into a story. What if the mother comforting her child has nowhere to go? What if that man is a single dad with no clue how to do a bun for ballet class? And where does the teacher who survived a school shooting go to escape the thoughts that plague her? Why is that homeless gentleman folding that worn piece of paper with such tender, loving care? And that tired woman in the tattered clothes, obviously pregnant… what’s her story? I am an eavesdropper, too! Conversations in restaurants might become story-starters. So be careful what you say in public, folks! Better yet…don’t be careful. Be yourselves and you never know when some tidbit you share could become the baseline for a new book. Because they all begin with ‘What if she’d done something different that day?’” —Ruth Logan Herne
- Put yourself in someone else’s shoes.
“I draw a lot of inspiration from gossip. Sometimes it’s something I overheard, or something I read about. Sometimes a friend tells me a story about someone I don’t know! That sounds terrible, I know, but the juicy stories are the ones that catch our attention. And when I hear of something a little shocking that happened to someone else, I think, ‘Wow. How would I feel if I were in their shoes? How would I deal with that?’ And very often, that begins a new book idea!” —Patricia Johns
- Don’t be afraid to daydream!
“I am always brainstorming. I often daydream about what I’ll write next or how to fix a particular plot or character issue. I do this while driving or cleaning the kitchen or while on a walk. I also mark articles that inspire me for future stories. It’s very hard for me to ‘turn off’ my mind, so I’m constantly on alert for a spark that will create a new story.” —Jill Lynn
For more inspiration, check out the newest Love Inspired stories from the authors above:
Courting Her Prodigal Heart by Mary Davis
Pregnant and alone, Dori Bontrager is sure her Amish kin won’t welcome her—or the child she’s carrying—into the community. But with her childhood friend Eli Hochstetler insisting she and her baby belong here, will Dori’s path lead back to the Englisher world…or into Eli’s arms?
Minding the Amish Baby by Carrie Lighte
Amish store clerk Tessa Fisher isn’t ready for marriage or a family—until a baby girl is abandoned on her doorstep. Now Tessa and her gruffly handsome landlord, Turner King, must mind the baby together. But with secrets between them, can the temporary family find a way to stay together forever?
A Cowboy in Shepherd’s Crossing by Ruth Logan Herne
Cowboy bachelor Jace Middleton was ready to leave Shepherd’s Crossing for good—until he learns his family’s unspoken secrets. Now Jace finds himself not only caring for his twin baby nieces, but working with beautiful, strong-willed designer Melonie Fitzgerald to renovate his grandmother’s run-down estate. Love wasn’t part of the plan…
Her Cowboy’s Twin Blessings by Patricia Johns
With orphaned twin infants to care for, Casey Courtright hoped to buy the ranch he works on—but he can’t match Ember Reed’s offer. Nevertheless, Casey agrees to show Ember the land she plans to use for her therapy center, but only if she’ll help him with the babies. And as the twins draw them together, Casey might just find that Ember is his perfect partner.
The Rancher’s Unexpected Baby by Jill Lynn
After his marriage ended, Gage Frasier vowed he’d never remarry or have children—but now he’s guardian of an orphaned baby boy. Thankfully, his friend’s sweet sister, Emma Wilder, offers to nanny while Gage seeks a more suitable family for the child. But soon Gage finds himself bonding with his new son…and with Emma. Parenthood surprised Gage, but will love sneak up on him, too?