Finding Inspiration


In the world of writing, there are two types of authors. Planners and pantsters. Planners, well, plan. They map out scenes, do detailed character analysis, and know the ending before they start. Pantsters, in turn, write by the seat of their pants. Clever, right?

I’m a proud pantster. The first few pages of book two are written. But I wrote the opening several sentences on my iPhone in the middle of the night when an idea came to me. I have an overall idea for the story and its main characters. I’ve actually typed some of it out since then. But, like with my first novel, I’m excited to see where book two takes me.

At this stage of the game, I love to put together an inspiration board for what’s taking shape in my mind. The visuals help spark ideas and possibilities. The fuzzy picture in my head slowly comes into focus. It’s a really exciting part of the process. I thought you might enjoy seeing my current inspiration board.


Oh my goodness, I can’t wait to introduce you to some of these characters and their stories. Their struggles and their redemption. You see that adorable old man in the bottom right corner? If you visit me over on Facebook today, you can help me name him!

How do you find inspiration? If you’re a writer, are you a planner or pantster? What helps your ideas come into focus?

Published by Teresa Tysinger

Author of Contemporary Christian Fiction. Wife, mother, creative, and professional communicator.

3 thoughts on “Finding Inspiration

  1. I think it is fair to say I am by large a pantster. I too have a book idea rolling around in my head and decided on my two main characters and made a picture of them (well, who I envision would play them in the movie version of the book) side by side to keep me inspired. It’s on the back burner for now, though. And I always have a horrible time naming my characters! 😦 Best wishes on your new project.


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