I am always intrigued to learn what inspires people to write. Today, Deirdre Thurston shares her inspiration!
Writer’s Inspiration. . . Draw Upon Your Inner Self
by Deirdre Thurston
A writer’s inspiration comes from many areas and Deirdre Thurston shares with us her inspiration for Caught and the steps she took to defeat that “Not Good Enough” voice.
Deirdre: Inspiration came from life in general – past and present. Those that inspired me include my son, my husband and my home along with my friends and family. Each morning I sit up in bed, look out my window at the beauty outside. I draw on nature and let myself feel what was happening inside me. Being able to take the time each morning was a gift.
I am proud of myself for writing the book and for who I am. I have had a lot of loss in my life and happiness too. I didn’t give up writing and am so happy I didn’t listen to all the self-talk we all have of ‘not good enough’, who do you think you are’, etc, etc.
Writing taught me to do things for myself and not for the approval of others.
A collection of short stories, literary sketches and vignettes each capturing a moment in the life of someone a lot like you. Each story delves into human themes: expectation, desire, hope, loss, fear, joy, peace, suffering, redemption. The narrative is filled with subtle irony, humour and touching observations. The stories highlight our era of increasing social disconnection, in which technology is replacing intimacy and life occurs at a pace that challenges people’s ability to stop, observe and interpret their own existence and its relationship with those around them.
It highlights the everyday moment and provides nourishment for the harried soul. The overriding message in Caught is: that any moment in every life can be viewed as worthy of treasuring. Whether that moment is filled with despair or joy; they provide entertaining relief and nourishing benefits.
I’ve been an observer of people my whole life, always intrigued by the unfolding of everyday events and what those events take on in the eyes and lives of ordinary people.
As well as seeing — and feeling — the angst and the pain, the fragile hopes and dreams, the joys and the frustrations that make up the human condition, I’ve also always been able to see the funny side.
My vantage points have been from the perspective of a daughter, a sister, a wife and a mother, an aunt, a friend and a confidante — I’ve looked at life through many lenses, yet always my own observations have been enriched by the points of view of the other players in those unfolding dramas.
And always inside of me, from the time I was five years old, has lurked a writer — framing my observations and cataloguing them. Storing them up until I was ready to capture them on paper.
At 57 I began crafting my lifetime of observations into sketches and vignettes. Two years later I knew it was time to start sharing my stories with the world.
Donna M. McDine
Award-winning Children's Author
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~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist