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What Inspires You to Write?
Written by
Maria Murnane
October 2017
Written by
Maria Murnane
October 2017

When people find out I'm an author, one of the questions they often ask me is, "What inspires you to write?" It's an interesting question, because I think every author would answer it differently.

I find myself most inspired to write when I'm already writing. That probably sounds crazy, but getting myself to write is the hardest part of writing. The creative process is a complex animal, and if I could tame it, I would be a lot more productive than I am. But when I sit down at my computer and focus, really focus, then things start to happen. Soon I'm in the groove and don't want to stop because I'm having fun. I guess it's similar to a runner's high. Getting yourself to lace up those shoes and hit the pavement can be challenging, but there's a reason so many people do it day in and day out: After you get past the resistance, exercising feels great.

This is a little embarrassing to admit, but when I write a line that makes me laugh, or finish a scene I know is good, I'll pump my fist! Just writing that now makes me blush because it's ridiculous, but it's true. I love that feeling of having created something I think my readers will enjoy, of having created characters and stories that are entirely made up but seem real. That inspires me.

In this blog I usually provide tips on writing, grammar, or book marketing. But today I thought it would be fun to turn the tables and ask my readers to chime in with their own thoughts. What inspires you to write? Please reply in the comments. I'd truly love to hear from you.


Maria Murnane writes bestselling novels about life, love and friendship. Have questions? You can find her at


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