AND THEY WERE ALL, WHEN THEIR SOULS GREW WARM, POETS...I WANTED TO SHOW WHAT WE ALL HAVE IN US, THAT IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN THERE,
AND SO FEW OF US BOTHER TO NOTICE.
WHEN PEOPLE ASK ME WHERE I GET MY IDEAS, I LAUGH. HOW STRANGE - WE'RE SO BUSY LOOKING OUT, TO FIND WAYS AND MEANS, WE
FORGET TO LOOK IN.
(Ray Bradbury, The Writer Archive 4/2008)
It might be an incident, an image outside of us that whets our imagination's appetite but the real hunger for story, the hunger to tell a story, happens inside of us. How many of us turn to books and articles about the craft, search for ways to beat writer's block, hunt inspiration down so we can trap it, cage it, maybe stuff it and mount it on the wall so it's always there, always ours? That's not to say that we can't look for guidance other places but the real answers, the inspiration, the storyteller, the poet are already within us. We just have to look.