Friday, February 5, 2010


I'm inspired by:

*a song
*motion pictures
*fiction, good or not
*others' success, ideas
*revulsion, because still, there is beauty
*a man's love
*the heart of a child
*my own frustration
*support from others
*merely a word
*visual prompts
*color, or lack thereof
*warmth, or none
*a dream

and so much more.

By what are you inspired?

Painting by Donna Downey, picture of which was found on her blog. I'm inspired by her, too.


Unknown said...

I love to be inspired!!!

A few things that inspire me,


Noelle Nolan said...

Wow, these are some very inspiring words. As a writer, inspiration is everything. I go through this on a daily basis being a writer myself.

Tamika: said...

Practically everything on your list inspires me! I'm learning to live in the moment so that I don't miss the little things.

Top favorites for me:

Unknown said...

Great post. Here are some of mine:

people who are living their dream
a brand new novel
my son
strange newspaper articles

Rebecca Nazar said...

Might sound strange but I'm inspired by competition. I enjoy the challenge of submitting. That's my primary motivation. Without its spark, I peter out creatively.

Jill said...

I know this probably sounds a little weird, but in writing I'm inspired by J.J. Abrams. (Alias, Lost). Every time I see something he's done, it just sparks all kinds of creative energy for me.

Wendy Paine Miller said...

a beautiful sentence
trusted friends and family

Happy Friday,

Melanie Hooyenga said...

I love that image. :)

I'm inspired by cool design, the love of a parents (especially men) for their child(ren), and cool rainy days.

Jill Kemerer said...

Pretty, pretty blog look! I'm inspired by the hope of the future.

Anonymous said...

I think I'm inspired by your new blog look! I love it. it's very pretty and uplifting, kinda Springy.

Hope you have a great weekend!


Slamdunk said...

My kids

Have good weekend.

Joanne said...

I definitely second your "visual prompts" inspiration. They are the source of much of my blog posts. I'm inspired too by words always, by others' accomplishments, by possibility! Have an inspiring weekend :)

JLC said...

That read like poetry, Janna. Very nice! *Looks around* And I LOVE the new look!

Diane said...

Interesting list. Some I agree with you on. Freedom is a big one for me. Seeing people and situations set free! :O)

Kristi Faith said...

family stories
sharp smells of the seasons
and most of what's on your list! :)

Jeanette Levellie said...

I'm inspired by creativity, of which you are the princess.


A baby's laughter
Kittens on the bedspread
blooms bursting through the snow
Restaurant menus--ahahahaa!

Donna M. Kohlstrom said...

Lots of things inspire me...relationships, nature, music and creation!

Michelle Gregory said...

these are all great.

for me, music, other stories (great or not, sometimes i can find something that sparks an idea), and sometimes other things i've written give me a little boost.

Michelle D. Argyle said...

I like your layers inspiration! That inspires me a lot!!!

I'm inspired by warm weather. I wish some would come soon. :)

Anonymous said...

I'm inspired by the fact that you always have 20+ comments to every post!! You're awesome, girl.

Other than that...

my kids
my husband
well written books
people watching

And I love the new bloggy design! Very Springy!

Helen Ginger said...

Today, it's been talking to others about their stories and ideas. I did heart-to-heart coaching this morning at the national Story Circle Network Conference. So much fun to hear what others are doing and to be able to answer questions.

Straight From Hel

Kristen Torres-Toro said...

Hmmm. You! :0)

And nature, above everything else.

Melissa Amateis said...

Chocolate. My daughter's smiles and laughter. My friends. My families. Great writers, great books. Nature. God's love and grace. My talent.

Susan R. Mills said...

I think I'm most inspired by music. It moves me to explore all kinds of emotions.

Karen said...

You inspire me to think outside the box. There are many others, but insight into scripture, and lessons in everyday life.

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Ana Goncalves said...

Existence and being alive is enough to inspire me. :) Great blog entry. Hope you are well

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Some of my favorites:
reading and fireplaces
my darling kiddos
fresh snowfall

patti said...

The Word of God, which bridges time and space to shake my insides

Music--all types, from Gregorian chants to rap

All the genres of humanities: painting, sculpture, architecture, drama, literature, dance, film

Terri Tiffany said...

Oh wow--you hit almost all of them. I think I am inspired by other's stories:)

Katie Ganshert said...

song lyrics, Bible verses, my son's laugh, my husband's smile, a quirky stranger.... Oh, lots of things!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Janna -

The scriptures
Unexpected kindnesses
A baby's giggle

These are a few of the things that inspire me.

Susan :)

Deb Shucka said...

Great list. Gorgeous picture. Love your new background. I'm feeling inspired just having been here today.

Nadine said...

Wonderful inspirations!

I'm inspired by music, movies, and beautiful sights and experiences.

septembermom said...

Great inspiration here! I'm inspired so often by a beautiful song, a powerful image, the ordinary, watching the ups and downs of a relationship. If your open to it, it's amazing to see where inspiration is waiting.