by Cathryn Louis
I get creative ideas from what I read - fiction, newspapers, magazines - everything. I'm a working mother with a demanding day job and don't get to travel much. So I get information through reading and other types of media - television, radio, online. I've always had an active imagination, so all this input gets mushed around in my head with my own life experiences and a story comes out.
As for inspiration? I'm inspired by the craft of writing - the feeling that comes from weaving a story and working to get the elements to come together just right. Even if the end result is not quite there, the desire to improve in the craft inspires me to try again the next time, and the time after that, and so on.
How do I keep track of my ideas? If you've read my blog, you'll see that I have a private Twitter account. Since I always have my phone with me, I can tweet ideas to myself whenever they hit me - even in the middle of the night. I've gotten a public account since I wrote that post, but I've kept the private one and still use it.