I came across this letter from E.B. White about why he wrote Charlotte’s Web. (Thanks to Susanna Leonard Hill for sharing this!) spider web for blog

Then RocketMan came home from a camping trip with this picture, which immediately made me think of E.B. White and Charlotte and his little spider friends. And, it’s a gorgeous photo. (Click on it to see a larger version to really appreciate the beauty of the spider web.)

Separately, searching blogs recently for an energy bar recipe made me want to make kale chips in my dehydrator. So I bought a bunch of kale. The next day, Sprite and I went blueberry picking. Then my brother hurt his back and he told me he makes kale, beet, ginger, apple, orange juice every morning, and especially now to help detox his liver from all the meds. So, all of this together inspired me to try a blueberry and kale smoothie. I liked the taste of the smoothie, but I didn’t appreciate all the tiny green bits left in my teeth afterward.

The result of all that inspiration was not as successful as E.B. White’s inspiration. But at least I tried. What if Mr. White became fascinated with spiders and farming and the ethics of killing something you’ve raised and connected with, but didn’t write Charlotte’s Web?

Who cares if your inspiration comes from a gorgeous photo, current events, or some crazy idea that hits you in the shower? If you don’t try writing it, it can never be anything at all. But if you do try, maybe it will become a beloved classic. Or at least a published book you can hold in your hands and feel proud of when you tell your friends and family.

Let the crazy ideas come.

Do the work.

Don’t give up.



Filed under Getting Published, writing

9 responses to “Inspiration

  1. Gail Aldous

    I agree spider webs are works of art and I have always been fascinated with them. I loved E.B. White’s letter! Thanks for sharing and thank you for the inspiration!

  2. I agree with all of the above, except the kale part. lol
    Thank you for sharing the inspiration.

  3. I agree, Vicky. Inspiration comes to us in so many strange ways, a young girl’s style as she walks down the street, a couple kissing on the corner, or just checking out what other people put in their shopping trollies in the supermarket. (I do this. I know. Weird) Or something just pops into your head and you don’t know why. It happened to me recently, and I’m now writing something completely out of my usual genre. I’m really enjoying it. A bit scared, cos it’s a crazy idea but what the heck. I’m going for it.

  4. I don’t like green things in my teeth or spiders. But I’m still Inspired. 😀 Thanks!

  5. Thanks for this inspiration. If the idea comes and it resonates, write it!

  6. denizb33

    I saw that about E. B. White and it made me love Charlotte – and Wilbur – all the more.
    I’ve tried kale and blueberry smoothies! They’re not bad, but yea, the green stuff sticks to teeth and the glass! I prefer spinach to kale – but not in a smoothie. Give me an all-fruit one any day 🙂

  7. I didn’t think I could adore EB White any more than I already do, but I was wrong. Thanks for sharing the letter. Truly inspirational.

  8. I have no problem with letting the ideas flow. I do have a problem with getting any of my work ready for publication. 😉

  9. What a great post. Made me eager to get back to writing. lol. Charlotte’s Web was my brother’s favourite story. Every time I read it to him he cried.

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