Reader Questions: Starting and Finding Inspiration

Hello, hello! It looks like we've got mail! Since our St. Scho trip, some readers have been asking stuff about writing. The same question keeps appearing: how did I start writing and where do I find inspiration?
Now, I have to admit that I'm no expert. I haven't any formal writing training, but since I've been doing it for most of my life, I thought, hey why not coconut? I'm always happy to oblige readers and lend a hand. Also readers are awesome. Also it's great to receive mail! Without further ado, here we go:

When did you start writing stories and what is your inspiration?

I started writing when I was very young. I was surrounded by books growing up and I loved to read and draw and scribble. I would make lists of just about everything. I'd write about the stuff I saw on TV. I also collected stationery, but that's another stroy.

When the Harry Potter books came out it changed eveerything. My friends and cousins would write about what we wanted to happen next everytime we finished a book and had to wait for the next one to arrive. We didn't know it then but we were creating fanfiction.

I started writing more intensely during highschool. I had folders of scratch papers full of scribbles. I wrote for the school paper. I wrote during math class. I wrote at the backs of scratch papers. It was a wild time.

I mostly find inspiration in everyday things, but mostly open spaces help a lot. I like fresh air and love sitting near windows so I could see the sky. The daydreamy stereotype? Me. I space out quite often. I like going on walks (I always trip) and roadtrips, too, so I guess, being outdoors and seeing new scenery really help in the inspiration department. Other times, inspiration comes in the most inconvenient places, like when I'm commuting and squished between other passengers.

I also like to observe. I love observing people--- mannerisms, reactions, nuances, himantayon dot com--- and I think that helps in one's writing a lot. Take time to notice the little things because I think that those really bring out the magic in your works.

When I have to write and my brain feels like it's been squished dry, I stretch or listen to my favorite songs or go on a walk again. Sometimes breaks help when you're really not feeling it, especially when you're writing something really long. I step away from it and work on another thing so when I get back to said Long Winded project, I see it with new eyes. :)

So that's it!

I hope this helps! Let me know if you have other questions (and answers to other readers' questions). Don't hesitate to drop me a message on social media or leave a comment below. :)

Til next time,

K x

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