“Whatever inspiration is, it's born from a continuous 'I don't know.’” –WisÅawa Szymborska
A few years ago, I returned from a trip of a lifetime to Paris. I come from a blue-collar background and may be the first from either side of my family to travel back to Europe since my ancestors arrived from Wales hundreds of years ago. Believing, as a child growing up, that I might one day travel to some of the great European capitals would be akin to, say, believing that I might travel to Mars. But that did not stop me from yearning to go...
Am I the only one who wants to break out in hives when I hear "curiosity killed the cat"? It's a phrase used to keep people, usually children, from asking questions. One of the gifts my mother gave me that I treasure most is curiosity. Some may call it nosiness, but I call it the path to inspiration.
“But this I know; the writer who possesses the creative gift owns something of which he is not always master--something that at times strangely wills and works for itself. He may lay down rules and devise principles, and to rules and principles it will perhaps for years lie in subjection; and then, haply without any warning of revolt, there comes a time when it will no longer consent.” ~ Charlotte Brontë