Friday, January 15, 2010

What fuels your imagination?

The dictionary gives the word IMAGINATION this meaning, "the act or power of forming mental images of what is not present". Or, "the act or power of creating new ideas by combining previous experiences" and that is what authors do. We take the act and turn it into and action. We make it a verb.

In order to do so we need things that will excite that process, similar to the electrical synapses of our brains. Something must draw our attention or "capture our imaginations". For me it is the west. So join me this year as we explore our Western Frontier.

What are some things that capture your imagination? Is it the lone cowboy? The survival of our Native Americans and their culture? Is it the taming of the west through the bite of the plow or the iron horse? Perhaps it's nothing more than the struggle to create a home and eek out the existence through day-to-day activities.

I'll be interested in hearing your answers.


Kaye Manro said...

Great post, Nancy. I love the way your imagination captures the west and brings it alive in your stories.

For me, my imagination is fueled by dreaming of traveling to a different world or galaxy. Or feeling the pulse of a knight on horseback as he rides toward his castle.

Obe said...

Ah I can dig the knights. Its amazing when we look back at history how each civilization survived.

Keep your eyes on the stars. I did love the first star wars movie.

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