Stimulation of the mind or emotions to a high level of feeling or activity.
The condition of being so stimulated.
An agency, such as a person or work of art, that moves the intellect or emotions or prompts action or invention.
Something, such as a sudden creative act or idea, that is inspired.
The quality of inspiring or exalting: a painting full of inspiration.
Divine guidance or influence exerted directly on the mind and soul of humankind.
The act of drawing in, especially the inhalation of air into the lungs.
If you're a writer or illustrator, where do you get your inspiration? If you don't do either, what inspires you to do what you love doing? As far as my writing goes, I've only written picture books, with the exception of one middle grade novel. My stories feature animals and are written for very young children. I'm surrounded by animals here, so obviously they are a big influence on me. Then there's my boys, who are my biggest source of inspiration. Not only do they help me with ideas, but they allow me to see things through their eyes. I hope I never lose the ability to see things as a child. It's a great, big serious world out there. We all need inspiration -- even if it's just to remember that there are puddles to jump in, mudpies to make, bugs to catch, flowers to smell, squirrels to photograph ...