Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Writing Inspirations: A Trip to the Wolf Conservation Center

Inspiration comes in many forms. Part of being a writer is drawing on life's experiences and daily observations. Anything from a photo to a conversation to people watching to a rainbow sunset to (fill in the blank) can be source material for your work.
Over the weekend my rockin' co-writer Yelena Casale and I, along with super reader and friend, Melissa, visited the Wolf Conservation Center about an hour north of our homes. The trip was beyond priceless. We learned a bit about the history of wolves along with the differences in the various sub-species.
The education about wolves will undoubtedly help in creating our paranormal creatures. (Werewolves or shifters, anyone?) Yet, the larger prize was the opportunity to be surrounded by these majestic creatures in a beautiful and natural setting. Being city girls, we don't get to see too much of nature's wonders unless we escape the cement and steel jungle. Any chance to recharge the batteries and take in a country atmosphere is more than welcome.
How does this relate to writing? When you begin in the writing world, you may hear the old adage, "Write what you know." It's a good start, because it allows you to delve deeply into topics you already understand. However, I believe when you gain more experience and comfort with the craft, you should write not what you know, but what inspires you.
I don't know what it means to be a wolf. I don't have paws to run on the ground. I've never lived in a pack - although growing up with mostly male cousins, I understand some of it. Yet, the wolf dynamic, the beauty and grace of these creatures, inspires me. It may not be "what I know", but it is what ignites my creative fire.
For more about the Wolf Conservation Center click here. Yelena also gave a wonderful recap of our trip on her blog along with beautiful pictures. I highly recommend checking it out here. And for a last bit of fun, here is a video showing the collection of pictures and the wolves howling. Turn up your volume! And please ignore my human  attempts at howling.
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What inspires you? Do you find the majestic in the mundane?

8 comments :

  1. Great edit of the pictures and howling!
    I have to say, I definitely didn't want to leave and come back to the city. It was almost painful lol
    Can't wait to go back and to explore other wolf conservation centers. And hopefully see them in the wild at some point (though in a safe environment lol)

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    1. Thanks! It was so much fun. And don't forget we need to find the big cats too. :)

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    2. Absolutely! Florida actually has a few of those...hmmm...big cat trip! lol

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  2. Great post! I think actually visiting places/learning things before writing about them is a HUGE plus! Research is great, but if you can get some hands-on it makes it that much easier to write about it.

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    1. Hi Rebekah! I couldn't agree more. I love my Google Earth, but if I can actually go to a place and experience it first hand, all the better!

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  3. Awesome post Tina! I agree, it's nice to write what you know but so much more challenging and interesting to learn and grow and let your writing reflect that. Draw inspiration for the world around you and let that inspire your future writing!

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    1. Hi Norma! Thanks for stopping by. I agree that writing outside the box is more challenging, but also more rewarding. :)

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  4. I love the different pictures you both took. I definitely find majestic in the mundane. Every bit of life around me has its own type of majesty, especially creatures.

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