Exercising ye olde inspirational muscle

Barbed wire always catches my eye… (see what I did there?)

As I mentioned a few posts ago, each morning I find a photo I’ve taken — sometimes for the sole purpose of creating these daily memes, other times to the chagrin of my kids — and turn them into a meme offering advice or an inspirational thought to share with other writers. After 25 years, I have acquired a lot of baggage wisdom on the subject of writing. I share these daily affirmations to my editing service’s Facebook and Instagram pages for multiple reasons.

Aside from the opportunity to offer a thought or insight that a fellow writer might be needing that particular day (it happens), it’s also a great way to jumpstart my creative day, whether working on someone’s else’s manuscript or my own. Though some celebrated writers like Hemingway had a different approach to finding their creative muse, I have found it beneficial — and this is just me — to not be passed out drunk by 11 a.m.

So, I make memes, blending images with a kernel of inspiration, knowledge, insight or occasionally popcorn. But generally it’s the first three.

Not counting that post a while back, I haven’t shared any here. I realize this may feel a bit like someone wanting to share pictures of a baby you don’t even know but, just like that guy on the plane or standing next to you at the falafel food cart, I’m going to pull them out anyway and hope you’ll enjoy them — or at the very least humor me because of my goofy, enthusiastic grin…

That’s it for now.

If you found these inspirational, insightful or helpful in lighting your own creative spark today, that makes me happy. If you found these to be none of the above, try again sometime after 11 a.m.

Seriously though, if you liked them, let me know and I’ll start posting some here each week, Or heck, maybe I’ll see you on the plane!

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I was a journalist, humor columnist, writer and editor at Siuslaw News for 23 years. The next chapter in my own writer’s journey is helping other writers prepare their manuscript for the road ahead. I'm married to the perfect woman, have four great kids, and a tenuous grip on my sanity...

2 thoughts on “Exercising ye olde inspirational muscle”

    1. Aww, so glad to hear that, Susan! It’s an exercise I really enjoy, finding the right message for the right photo (or vice versa). The broken ceramic piece was something I found while on a walk and I knew right away what I wanted to say. The fire engine and piñata (my son) are ones I had and used for ideas I already had. Then, some days, it more like looking through images and analyzing them for what they could be saying. My version of mental gymnastics to state the day while trying not to fall off the balance beam!

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