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Well, it had to happen one day: I’m sitting here at the computer, staring at the empty “Add New Post” form. No idea what to write about. I’d love to tell you about a couple of things, but I can’t just yet. And of course, I’d love to talk about my novels which I all revisited lately for a reason, but that would be unfair since you can’t read them yet.

Thus I’m writing about what I lack right now: Inspiration. It is a rare and elusive thing for authors. Of course, enough practice should make it possible to write anyway, regardless of being inspired or not. And one can always edit …

Even so, nobody can force inspiration. (Otherwise everybody would be an author!) When I need inspiration for a new chapter, or have to rescue a character from the corner I wrote her in, I either curl up in bed or take a shower. Not sure why that works, but I have a guess, at least for curling up in bed: My bed is the safest place in the world for me (childhood memory, I suppose), and when I relax and reach that dreamy state between waking and sleep, ideas can surface much more easily.

Alternatively, I love to talk plot with writing friends. Alas, I have few who are willing to do that with me. So, more often than not, it’s the bed for me.

And now I have a question for you: Where do you get inspiration?

*picture by: Rugby471, orginally posted in Wikimedia Commons

About Hannah Steenbock

Hannah Steenbock is an author, dreamer, and coach. She has published several short stories in English and German, as well as one novel in German. In 2013 she started self-publishing her work. In 2014, she has won two awards for her short story "Sequoia".
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