The Importance of Inspiration by Megan Hart + Giveaway

Filed in Blogoversary , Giveaways , Guest Post , Megan Hart , The Geeky Lover Posted on January 19, 2011 @ 7:00 am 66 comments

Yes still no Book Lovers here but today Megan Hart will tell you about how she finds inspiration in music and she will also show you some examples. *g* Be sure to answer her question at the end for your chance to win a little surprise.

Writing can be hard work. I know it might not look like much — sitting at a computer or with a notebook, typing or scribbling away. Staring off into space. I don’t know about how other authors work, but with me, there’s a lot of staring off into space. All the hard work’s going on inside my brains, you see.

Which is why it’s really great and important to find inspiration. I don’t mean I need inspiration in order to write. Frankly, writing’s my job and if I waited for some “muse” to come along and motivate me, I’d never get anything written at all. I believe the same’s true for newbie writers and people who just write for fun, too. If you have to wait to be inspired before you write a single word, that word may be the only one you write.
No, I’m talking about how it’s important to find inspiration in everything around you, because writing isn’t a static thing. Writing isn’t just about getting the words into the document, it’s about creating a world and characters and a story, and all of that has to come from someplace. It all has to come from inspiration.
I get a lot of inspiration from music. I listen to music while I write and try to find songs that reflect what the story is about, or a feeling I want to create. I listen to music in the car while I’m thinking about plot. I listen while I’m cleaning, cooking, doing laundry…basically, music is a constant source of inspiration to me because every part of it can provide me with a story spark. Cool lyrics? Great beat? Sexy ballad? They’re all different parts of the stories I create, and listening to songs that provide those things helps me immensely.
Just recently, I got quite a lot of inspiration from THIS song (in the clean version, though honestly it was the dirty version that totally set the story wheels turning.)
…If you want to check out the uncensored version, find it here.
Other videos and songs that have completely inspired me to write scenes or even entire novels:
There’s a scene in Switch that happens in an elevator. Maybe two pages worth of material, but it was totally inspired by this song and this video.
I love Christopher Dallman’s songs, and this one has been on my playlists for a few different projects. Most recently, I listened to it while writing a book called The Life That Came Before.
And finally, this song just breaks my heart every time I listen to it. Therefore, I listen to it a lot. It gets me in the mood to write breakups and ache and loss, all those things I just love to write! (I know, I’m a sicko. Sorry!)
Music inspires me, which makes it possible for me to do what I do.
What inspires you? Comment here to win your choice of whatever I have on my shelf to send…I’ll contact the winner with the choices once I figure out what’s in the boxes I have stacked up!


Megan is offering one surprise pack to 1 lucky commenter
You’re also getting an extra entry for the main giveaway if you entered our Big Blogoversary Giveaway here.

All you have to do is answer the question at the end of Megan’s post.
(You can read our full giveaway policy here)
Please leave us a way to contact you.
(Email in blogger profile or twitter name – no way to contact you – no entry).
This giveaway is open worldwide!
Giveaway ends on Friday February 4th and we will announce the winner on Sunday.
Good Luck!

About Susi

Susi is a geeky vegetarian from Gemany. She just finished university and now works as a civil engineer in steel construction. Besides her reading addiction she also knits like a maniac while listening to audiobooks. Susi also blogs at the Secret HEA Society.

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  • Marianna January 19, 2011 at 8:03 am

    It may be kind of broad, but life in general inspires me. It can be music, it can be TV, it can be a good book, whatever. The number one thing would probably be my family, though. The hellish (and hellishly funny/amusing) antics of my family…

    patronus89013 at yahoo dot com

  • JenM January 19, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Honestly, the one thing that always inspires me and has an impact on me is books. I've been a heavy duty reader since I was a little kid and that has never changed no matter what else is going on in my life.

    jen at delux dot com

  • GeishasMom73 January 19, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Travel has always inspired me. Seeing how other people live proves to me that there is no "one" way to live your life.

    On my most recent trip to Italy I decided I would follow their example and embrace life. I decided to do things that always scared me.

    The week I returned from Rome & Venice I registered to attend the RT Booklovers Convention. I've never gone on a trip before that was just for me. Yesterday I agreed to write my first (& last) guest post on a twitter friends blog. These things don't scare most people but it is HUGE for me. LOL

    GeishasMom73 on twitter

  • Sharon S. January 19, 2011 at 8:47 am

    loved that Meredith Brooks video! swoon. Music is definitely a big source of inspiration for me. It is a wonderful medium of expression. You have gotten my interest 🙂 Thanks. (entered in the big contest)

  • vickyvak January 19, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Music & Books! The two things that inspire are these! Both make you think and feel about so many things!


  • Megan Hart January 19, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Marianna: yes, life! Life's the best inspiration!

    JenM: books inspire me too. Sometimes it's because it's a bad book and I think "I can do better." Or sometimes it's a great book and I think "why bother?" LOL

    Geisha's Mom: woo, travel! take advantage of that, and can't wait to meet you at RT!

    Sharon: I know, right? LOVE that video.

    Vickyvak: true, so true.


  • Chrissy6341 January 19, 2011 at 9:04 am

    What inspires me the most is my family. I have been Brain tumor free for 11 years now and every day that goes by I am truly Thankful for. 9 years ago I was also hit by a drunk driver and that just inspires me more because life is a gift and it is meant to be treasured and I do just that. My kids make it much easier, they keep me going. I have so much to be Thankful for and it all inspires me in my life…

  • Cindy L January 19, 2011 at 9:32 am

    My sister has always inspired me. She lost her 18 yr battle with Breast Cancer last year. The strength and courage that she showed was a true testament to the amazing woman that she was.


  • debbie January 19, 2011 at 9:49 am

    My son inspires me to keep going. He has had a stroke, kidney failure, severe learning disablities and now inoperable tumors. He keeps going no matter what.

  • Anne January 19, 2011 at 10:26 am

    My family inspires me to get up in the morning and do what needs to be done. Also, a good speech.

  • Robin K January 19, 2011 at 10:51 am

    My family and friends are my inspiration and often the reason I keep going 🙂

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

  • Mikki-Manó January 19, 2011 at 11:30 am

    What inspires me? Especially my dreams. I draw ideas from what I recently read, I think. But the bustle of the city does inspire me as well. I often walk alone in the streets and when I look around me, a lot of thing hit my mind =)
    Thanks for the giveaway =)
    mikki-mano @ hotmail . com

  • Summer January 19, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Music. Definitely music. At least, music helps me grab hold of an idea that may have been so elusive that I couldn't grab hold of it and anchor it. And sometimes I'll be writing and a song comes on my playlist that'll have a line that "fits" the story. It's then that I find bits & pieces in the story I may have overlooked. Being a rabid Duran Duran fan, I was listening to the new album while dealing with the WIP when I realized the lyrics of one of the songs *was* my story, written and performed beautifully as though just to give me a focus. Gave me goosebumps. My playlist shows 475 plays of that song! And my manuscript reflects it. I think music helps me tighten up my writing better than if I worked in silence.

    I also like travel for inspiration. When I find a spot that I want to remember, I play music that fits the spot so when I am home I can "put myself back in the spot" that inspired me.

  • Lu January 19, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    I have a archaeology blog and everyday when I post new news and discoveries I get inspired by all the archaeologist/scientist out there and it gives me hope that I can do it too!

  • Linda Kish January 19, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    I had some serious heart problems last year so just waking up and feeling fine inspires me. I always wake up happy.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  • LunaMoth January 19, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    my dog inspires me, with her wild antics and adorable cuddles. I love waking up everyday to her next to me.


  • Ariel January 19, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Music inspires me as well, but mostly my relationships and my faith inspire me the most.


  • Elizabeth January 19, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    I'd go for books because reading what those fictional characters get up to makes me want to go out and do the same!

  • Teril January 19, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    What inspires me is art, mainly photography and watercolors. When I see beautiful landscape photographs they help me get through the hard days.
    Painting in watercolors really relaxes my really stressful moments.

    terilhack at gmail dot com

  • Kaya H January 19, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    What inspires me is birds. I just love the sounds and the way birds act and look. It is very relaxing to sit out back and watch the birdfeeder.

    kasuranna at yahoo dot com

  • Stephanie January 19, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Music and books inspire me because I am able to relate to the themes. I love finding books and music that remind me of my own life and how others are dealing with the same situations.

    smccar1 at hotmail dot com

  • emmad January 19, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    For personal life. Books actually often inspire me 🙂 And little things. I might see something and suddenly think I could do something with it.
    At work it's trying to break things 🙂 I'm a test engineer and love finding the loopholes that let me break the system I'm testing

  • Chelsea B. January 19, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Paintings inspire me. Beautiful or haunting, I'm always in awe and left wanting to create something.


  • Danielle Gorman January 19, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    I am inspired by lots of things. Music is a big one though. Also, books inspire me.

  • Estella January 19, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Books and the great outdoors inspire me.

    kissinoak at frontier dot com

  • LSUReader January 19, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    What inspires me? My grandkids, religion, books, people who do charity/volunteer work, veterans (esp. from WWII,) my parents, friends, Beatles music. Thanks for a thought-provoking column. (Email in profile.)

  • Melissa (Books and Things) January 19, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Music, a book, color, landscape, animals, a feeling, a texture, a shaft of light. All these things can inspire me. I guess it just depends on what I want to paint or draw.

    books (dot) things (at) yahoo (dot) com

  • Kaetrin January 19, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Sometimes it's a song or a book or a snippet from the news, many times it's my 7 year old son, coming up with amazing and often funny ways of seeing the miraculous in the ordinary.

  • Barbara E. January 19, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    I love it when I come across a great song that just speaks to me and makes me want to listen over and over. I get inspiration from doing a great job at work, from reading a wonderful story, from listening to my son make jokes, and from seeing a beautiful picture.

  • Jason January 19, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Good prose/description inspires me (I'm an artist, not a writer). If I get a fully formed image in my head from the author's words I often have to get it on paper.

    thanks! jason [at]

  • Megan Hart January 19, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    all these great inspirations! Thank you so much, everyone, for commenting. I'm so happy to see all the inspiration in the world. 🙂


  • BLHmistress January 19, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    What inspires me ? Books or Music has always inspired me. I can't name any there are too many to name.


  • donnas January 19, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    I agree with music. But even the musicians have to be inspired to write what in turn can inspire us. So I think it really all goes back to real life as the basis for most inspiration.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  • buddyt January 20, 2011 at 2:35 am

    I think that as with most people there are many things that can inspire me. A well written book, a travelogue, a fantastic picture, classical music, a talk by a interesting speaker. Soooo many things.

    Maybe I can condense it and say that mainly it is curiosity that inspires me !

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  • Tore January 20, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Music and books inspire me. Please enter me in contest. I would love to win this book.

  • Ina January 20, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    music is a very important part of my life too, one single song can change my mood from happy to sad and vice versa… some of my best painting I made with my favorite music in the background and after a stressful day I turn up the music and relax – so you can see I can't live without it 🙂
    greetings, Ina

  • -petit January 20, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    This can sound a little clichê, but people are my inspiration. Some of them are so equal in some aspects, but so different in others, and that makes so fun to write and draw about them.

  • nicolesender January 20, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    What inspires me? A walk outside to listen to the birds and work in the garden. Music, art, a good book and the love of family and friends.

  • heatwave16 January 20, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    What inspires me is a beautiful day…mainly clear blue skies…a few puffy white clouds…the sun shining…and nice warm weather…like 75ish. I am totally a solar powered individual.


  • ClaudiGC January 21, 2011 at 11:44 am

    I think books inspire me most but life just as it is as well. Only by looking outside or sitting in busy cafe there are so many inspirations!

    claudigc at msn dot com

  • Sarah January 21, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Music always inspires me – I get so pumped up when I'm listening to certain bands like Five Finger Death Punch or Shinedown.

    smaccall @

  • Blodeuedd January 21, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    anything really. The one thing I will always remmeber is The Return of the king, when they lit those fires, I just stared and wanted to go and write some fantasy 🙂

    blodeuedd1 at gmail dot com

  • Chrizette January 22, 2011 at 5:26 am

    Reading blog posts inspire me. When I read book reviews, I get inspired to try harder when writing my reviews. When I read my favourite cross stitching blogs, I get inspired to take up my stitching again and put in a few stitches. I love the online community 🙂

    baychriz at gmail dot com

  • Dina January 22, 2011 at 9:50 am

    My daughters words and her strength inspires me. I remember these things when I am in need.


  • Pink Panther January 22, 2011 at 10:25 am

    My brother inspires me the most. He's the one who is strong and is like a rock in a storm when I need something to hold onto.
    You can reach me at

  • Meredith January 22, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    My kids inspire me. They are wonderful and always willing to be helpful.

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

  • Darlyn January 23, 2011 at 12:01 am

    Beck then, my mom's comfort and inspires me. but now I need both inspiration from my mom and my fiancee. They have a great deal in my life now. Music? not working for me. Instead, I can't focus if i listen to music!

    darlyn225 at gmail dot com

  • Rosie Hong January 23, 2011 at 12:43 am

    I think music expires me too. I really enjoy listening to music while I work on various projects, and I listen to a lot of pop in various languages – English, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. "What Would Happen If We Kiss" is one of my favorite songs – it's so sensual. Another really good one is "Insatiable" by Darren Hayes. And thank you for the Enrique Iglesias song! Looks like I found another one of his I really like.

  • Rosie Hong January 23, 2011 at 12:47 am

    Oops…also forgot to leave my main e-mail.

    abbydillon16 AT yahoo DOT com

    Thanks very much for the giveaway!

  • Sheree January 23, 2011 at 2:29 am

    Life in general is so interesting and dynamic that it is inspiring. After all, if we're not alive, we wouldn't need inspiration. It could be the music I'm listening to, the book I've been reading, or even the people I see in the store. Life's like that.


  • Jasmine1485 January 23, 2011 at 7:50 am

    I mostly get inspired to cook, so I'm inspired by things I see on TV, hear other people on the bus talking about, recipes I read in books or online, looking in my pantry… Sometimes I'll just wonder if two foods taste good together and make up something to find out 🙂

    Kate1485 at

  • Cathy M January 23, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    I find inspiration from the stories I read, my family, and a great song.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  • les121 January 24, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    My inspiration comes from the amazing, weird, insane, and beautiful things that happen to me and people around me in real life. After all, isn't real life what inspires all forms of art?

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    drakeLa90 at aol dot com

  • CiNdY January 26, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    What inspires you?
    My 2 daughters inspire me everyday!

  • Diana January 27, 2011 at 10:09 am

    My family and books, music are my inspiration.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • natalie23 January 27, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    My niece inspires me


  • mbreakfield January 28, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    My parents inspire me.

  • gconoy February 1, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    oh. that's hard to narrow down – it's usually those little things – a song, a photo, something i read, a smell, sometimes even an overheard conversation from the people sitting behind you. all that stuff can trigger something & inspire me – the good and the bad inspirations. lol.

    thanks for the guest post. your break-up writing song sounds rather great. it totally fits my current musical mood.

    hrududu AT hotmail DOT de

  • Amy February 2, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Good books, tv shows, movies, and music inspire me. My friends and family also inspire me.


  • Cait @ Love Letters February 2, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Really, my hubs inspires me. He believes in me. He makes me think that I can do anything I set my mind to, if I'm just willing to try. I do so love that man!

  • Kelly M February 3, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Thanks for sharing Megan..
    Q: who is your celebrity crush?

    Kelly M

  • Mysteriousrose February 3, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    I will have to say music, I don't think I could live without it. I love to sing and write music and there's so much emotion.


  • Aleetha February 3, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    There are many thing that can inspire me.
    From book, music, rain, the one that I love, great pictures of water and trees. I have a lot at gmail dot com
    twitter: @aleetha

  • Kulsuma February 4, 2011 at 12:16 am

    I feel inspired by nature most often. Nothing like the great outdoors. Another big factor is emotion.

  • lindseye February 4, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Reading inspires new ideas and thoughts of what to do next. Music gets me moving and wakes me up in the morning.

    linze_e at

  • Spav February 4, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Music, especially classical music.


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