Write. Inspire. Now.

Write. Inspire. Now. is about writing daily. It's about inspiring new ideas and sharing creative thought. Each day, we post something to help you write: a prompt, a quote, a photo -- something to latch onto, something to build upon. The best way to start writing is to simply get started. Write. Inspire. Now.
Writing makes a map, and there is something about a journey that begs to have its passage marked.
Christina Baldwin

What are they doing?  What’s the bonfire for?  What makes this bonfire so interesting?

The reason one writes isn’t the fact he wants to say something. He writes because he has something to say.
F. Scott Fitzgerald

I write because to write a new sentence, let alone a new poem, is to cross the threshold into both a larger existence and a profound mystery. A thought was not there, then it is. An image, a story, an idea about what it is to be human, did not exist, then it does. With every new poem, an emotion new to the heart, to the world, speaks itself into being. Any new metaphor is a telescope, a canoe in rapids, an MRI machine. And like that MRI machine, sometimes its looking is accompanied by an awful banging. To write can be frightening as well as magnetic. You don’t know what will happen when you throw open your windows and doors.

Why write? You might as well ask a fish, why swim, ask an apple tree, why make apples? The eye wants to look, the ear wants to hear, the heart wants to feel more than it thought it could bear…

The writer, when she or he cannot write, is a person outside the gates of her own being. Not long ago, I stood like that for months, disbarred from myself. Then, one sentence arrived; another. And I? I was a woman in love. For that also is what writing is. Every sentence that comes for a writer when actually writing—however imperfect, however inadequate—every sentence is a love poem to this world and to our good luck at being here, alive, in it.

Jane Hirshfield

Find a magazine or newspaper article (or something else!) — it can be anything, online, in print.  Now write something using ONLY words found in the piece you selected.

This is called the cut-up technique.  Share with us your results!