A Writer’s Inspiration and a Give Away!

Welcome to Diamond Lake! I had a different blog post planned, but also didn’t plan on staying a few extra days camping here at Diamond Lake, Oregon. My family and I have been coming here to camp every summer since the summer of 2000. The annual family camping trip consists of anywhere from 12 to 20 people depending on how many are able to show up that year. Tack on people that bring a friend and the numbers can get up there. I often end up doing a little work while here, but this year, none of my kids could come so my time was my own. As I had to re-adjust my book schedule (my editor and I decided to move some things around) I needed something for this month’s release and so wrote almost an entire novella while here. It was fun and easy and I had to stop and think about how I was able to write almost every day, still play games with the family, go for walks, bike rides and all the other camping stuff we do, and came to the conclusion that I write well when staring at wide-open spaces and nature.
Maybe I need a lake house …
Too bad it’s freezing cold here in the winter.
But different things inspire different people. At home, I live in a log cabin in the word but it’s in a canyon, so no wide open space there. I have a separate office as well as often time there are too many distractions at home to write for long blocks of time. But being able to stare at Mt. Bailey while writing does something for a soul, and as the story I was working on is one my readers have been wanting for years, I think it gave them something special. The story is about a broken young woman who went through a lot, and as an older woman, the age she is when my readers first encounter her in my books, they have to wonder how she got so cranky. This story explains things and gives clarity to a lot of things. I don’t think I would have written the same story in my cabin in the woods. But the majesty of the lake and surrounding mountains made it special.
Writers draw inspiration from all sorts of different things. I often listen to music while writing, especially if the scene is an emotional one. Other’s have their special writing place. I know one woman who literally used to write in a closet. She writes in an alcove near her stairs now. For others, it’s the kitchen table. Others have their office set up just so, while some write outside, look at their garden, and get inspiration that way. Me? I love to travel.
I once wrote the second half of a book in the car, between Dallas and New York, while helping my daughter move. I sent chapters to my editor in the evening every day and we got the book out on time. It was some of the most fun I’d ever had. My daughter drove and I dictated the chapters, read through them at the motel before going to bed, then sent them off to my editor. The book was the Easter Mail-Order Bride and I wanted to release it the day before Easter. We did it, and it’s a fun story.
Writers need inspiration to stay fresh, enjoy the writing process, (which can be grueling at times) and come up with fun, new ideas for their stories. If everything remained the same, day and and day out, a writer can become stale and it shows in their writing. This is true of most artists, be they writers, painters, illustrators, are in film or music, or whatever their art consists of. We need inspiration on different levels as we’re all different.
What are some of the things that inspire you to do the work that you do? I’ll pick a random winner from the comments to win a free e-copy of Irene and the Neighbor, when it releases on August 31st, the book I wrote here at Diamond Lake. I’ll be driving home from the lake the day this posts, so will be commenting at different times throughout the day! 

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Kit Morgan is the author of over 100 books of historical and contemporary western romance! Her stories are fun, sweet stories full of love, laughter, and just a little bit of mayhem! Kit creates her stories in her little log cabin in the woods in the Pacific Northwest. An avid reader and knitter, when not writing, she can be found with either a book or a pair of knitting needles in her hands! Oh, and the occasional smidge of chocolate!

33 thoughts on “A Writer’s Inspiration and a Give Away!”

  1. Good morning
    I loved your blog. What a great adventure. I loved that your write 1/2 a book between Dallas & NY, now that dedication, girl. His cool that your daughter was able to experience that with you.
    Have a great day and stay cool in this heat.

    • Yeah, I’m on my way home now. Lots of work breaking down camp. I’m about 68 miles away from the lake and stopped to get gas and read a few comments!

  2. Loved your blog today Kit. Beautiful pictures also. Have a safe trip home. I look forward to reading more of your books

  3. That looks like a beautiful place to relax and unwind. I can see how it would inspire you to write more. I am a housewife, so the only things that inspire me to do my work is the fact that I like a clean house and like to eat. So, I cook and clean as well as I can.

  4. That was an awesome place to go and I can see why it inspires you. I am not sure what inspires me to do things. I start each day with a cup of coffee and then take a walk so maybe that is what get me going every day. Maybe that is my inspiration.

  5. Well I’m a stay-at-home mom on disabilty because of my MS. So inspiration for what I do…hmmmm…about all I do is fight MS, read, read, read, try to clean house and be a good mom. I do try to go on MS pages daily and give my insist and experiences to other people with MS, especially those new to their diagnosis. So many of the posts get such negative Nancy responses that I often worry about the newbies starting their journey with a negative mindset can push them done a dreary path. We have to find the positives in the negatives, be able to laugh at ourselves during the hard times and not live by the what if’s.

    I’d love the opportunity to read your new book! Loved your blog. I giggled at your statement of your family has been going camping there since the year 200!

  6. Beautiful spot for camping. We used to do that when I was growing up. We got to see a lot of eastern part of USA and Canada. My motivation for the day is having a couple cups of coffee, and then plowing ahead with what needs to be done.

  7. This sounds like a great spot! My inspiration for doing what I do, is honoring my parents for all they did for me. I’m caregiver to my 95 year old Mom. Doing for her is the least I can do after all she and my Daddy did for me over the years. Also, reading my Bible every day! Or, almost every day!

  8. I am a retired librarian but I still work with books. Now I read books, review books, and do everything I can do to support authors. Why? Because I believe that reading offers joy and learning and I want to promote it any way I can!

    • That’s inspiring! Books are great inspiration, aren’t they? It’s our love of story telling and writing that inspires many of us to write all those books!

  9. Kit, you are amazing, girl! But this is what committed writers do. We write under all circumstances. But I have to say that keeping up with this cataract surgery is the most trying. It required a different surgery for each eye and much of the time (and a lot before that) my vision was so blurry. However, I finished it yesterday with time left over for a read through and some editing before I send it in next week. Hallelujah!

    Love the cover of your newest. Those purples are stunning. Congrats!

    • Oh my goodness, Linda, having cataract surgery is a different animal. This is where I like dictating combined with typing. I’ve dictated entire books before, but then you do have to edit. Glad you’re getting it all done and can turn it into your editor in time! Whew!!!

  10. My favorite job ever was helping with the fundraising at an animal shelter. When I needed a little inspiration, I just wandered down the hall for a kitten or puppy break. Even more fun were the days when my dog came to work with me or we brought a cat into the office to play and stretch her legs.

    • I always thought it would be fun to do something like that. I wrote a novella for a multi-author series where the main focus was an animal shelter and its annual fund-raiser. You might enjoy those stories, Carrie. The series was called Welcome to Romance. We made up a town called Romance, Oregon. My book was called Lessons in Romance.

  11. Good Morning, glad that you have been having a Great time with family, that is Always a very good thing! I am inspired by my family, I try to be the Best wife,mama granny ,mother in law, sibling . I take one day at a time and do the Best I can with it, I am just grateful that I am giving another day to be with my family. I also Love to listen to music. And of course, I wouldn’t be able to do any of this without God in my life. Your books sound Awesome and the cover of your new book is Beautiful! I will be adding it to be TBR list and will be looking forward to your new upcoming book! Thank you so very much for this blog, Thank your for sharing your pictures also. Have a Great week. God Bless you.

    • Family is important, Alicia! I so agree! And you’re right, all we can do is take it one day at a time and do our best with it. That’s good advice to pass along!

  12. Welcome Kit. What a wonderful time it looks like you had. I love to quilt and much of my inspiration comes from the people that I quilt for. I also get a lot of inspiration from nature and seeing what other quilters do. I also love to make my own greeting cards. Again inspiration is from who the card is going to. Also from nature. I love to go places like The Botanical Gardens, The Zoo etc

    • I’ve always wanted to take up quilting! Just looking at all the pretty fabrics inspires me! And like me, you like nature. Isn’t it amazing how inspiring that can be?

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