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Finding Inspiration by Mike Lowery

Sure, today’s re-blog is from a guy who draws his stories; but, you can translate “draw” into “write” and, if nothing else, enjoy the illustrated guidelines :-)

Nerdy Book Club

Hello!  I’m Mike Lowery an illustrator and author who spends most of the day drawing bananas with faces on them, space stuff, robotic cats and a grumpy duck named Carl from my series of books, Doodle Adventures.

I’d like to talk to you a little bit about a little thing called “Inspiration.” People ask me all the time how I come up with my ideas for my books and comics, and I’m going to let you in on a little secret:  Inspiration doesn’t all of a sudden appear out of nowhere!  It’s not a magical thing that comes in through a window while you’re just sitting there sipping tea that plants an idea and makes you yell “aha!” at the top of your lungs.  I mean maybe that’s the way it for some folks, but not for me.

For me, ideas don’t just appear like that.  They’re a combination of…

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