Finding Inspiration

September 8, 2017


Sometimes, finding inspiration is just above your head.


Remember those relaxing summer afternoons? The days at the park when you stretched out on a blanket and watched the clouds go by? Some created a wonderland of new worlds. Others looked like characters out of a fairy tale book. 


One day, I took my camera outside right before a storm to see what I could capture. Instead of storm clouds, I saw the head of a dragon, a poodle, a chariot being pulled by horses, and much more. I would never have noticed these things if I had not taken the time to look up.


As we get older, homework and responsibilities often increase. We don’t take the time to cloud gaze — to dream. Or perhaps we have time, but think it’s silly. But sometimes the best ideas come from what is so familiar to us, those things we see every single day.

WRITING PROMPT: Take some time out to cloud gaze this week. Allow your mind to morph clouds and shadows into something else. Write down in a notebook what characters and imaginary lands you see. Wait a few days, then go back to what you’ve written and write a story using one of more of those characters or lands.

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CAROLYN BENNET FRAISER is a published writer and creative writing instructor in Brevard, North Carolina, where she enjoys helping youth find their passion for writing. 

Carolyn is available to speak to children and youth about creative writing at your school or special event. 

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