The Inspiration Equation

Jenny Roman

Hypothesis: inspiration and creative output are inversely proportionate to daylight hours and sunshine!

And lo, the first week of autumnal weather brings with it the return of meetings for two local writers’ groups. Whether it is simply the power of a deadline, or the thought of an audience, but suddenly there are ideas sparking in my brain and hope that my creativity has not dried up after all!

I had tried over the summer – I did force myself to sit down with my now infuriatingly slow laptop, or better still, paper and pen, and try to write. But the characters stayed stubbornly wooden and the plot ideas always ended up in some creative cul-de-sac from which I had to perform an inelegant three point turn.

Yesterday though, I had not one but two story ideas (one provided inadvertently by a chance remark from my husband – who stared at…

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