A Writer’s Inspiration: Where Does It Come From?

Where the Muse lives

“You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald

Have you ever read a book or see a painting which speaks to you so deeply you wonder where in the world the author or artist found their inspiration for that piece?

Where the Muse lives

For the past week, I have been reading Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, and I ask that very question every time I open the book. Her world inside a black-and-white circus is so intricate and magical and real that I have to wonder how and where and why did her inspiration come from. It’s amazing.

When friends and acquaintances find out I’m working on a novel, they always ask in the next breath, where does my inspiration come from? How do I get story ideas? Why do I know how to write a novel, or want to write a novel for that matter?

To answer, I’ve put together a 2 minute video, and wanted to share it first here. I hope for it to be a good link and welcome to new friends and potential publishing pros to get to know me a little better in video form. I hope you like it!

On Writing Inspiration, Jennifer Lyn King


In other news around my writing chair (there’s been a lot lately, so I thought I’d share here …)

The Latest News:

Today, I’m launching a contest on my Writing Facebook Page for the new e-book version to The One Year Mini for Busy Women, my non-fiction book published by Tyndale House Publishers in 2007. I’ve retitled it EnJoy Today: Inspirations for Every Day. Inside, you can find the same writing as in the hardcover, but with a new cover and interior photos, and a new foreword greeting. For more about my writing and books and where to find them, see my Books page. Click here to leave a comment on Facebook to win a free copy of the e-book.


In this busy time of year leading up to Christmas and the holidays, I always am in search of a Advent devotional, or a collection of 10 minute reads for each day of the Advent season. So, this year, I’ve taken the December devotions from EnJoy Today (and The One Year Mini for Busy Women) and created a new Advent devotional for Busy Women. It’s entitled A Joy-Filled Christmas: 31 December Advent Inspirations for Busy Women, and is downloadable for free as an e-book here.

The latest on my novel:

I’m working with renowned editor, Alan Rinzler, on my work-in-progress novel right now. I am very excited to see how the novel changes, improves, and becomes. It’s a long journey, but I love it.

I hope you all have a great week!

For you (comments, below): Where do you find your best inspiration for your work?


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2 thoughts on “A Writer’s Inspiration: Where Does It Come From?

  1. I also get my inspiration when I least expect it. Walking through a dead writer’s house, reading a poem, looking up villas for vacation rental… I try to be open every day to the stories looking for me to tell them.

    I LOVE your writer video. I wish you all the best with your writing as we conclude 2011. 🙂

    1. Hemingway’s House! :o) I love that your novel coming out in the fall was inspired by Hemingway and a tour through his house! Inspiration really does come from everywhere — it’s just taking the time to notice.

      Thank you, about the video! It’s fun to have something in video form out, and it was really fun to make (with my son) :o).

      Thanks, Erika… cheering you on as well. ~JK

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