The “I” Word

The I Word cover Whenever writers give talks about their work, the one question they are guaranteed to be asked is “Where do you get your ideas?”


For this collection, we at The Fine Line thought we’d ask writers a slightly different question: what words inspire you.


We gave them a maximum of 100 words with which to explain their choice and ignored their complaints about it not being long enough.


By the time the deadline arrived, we’d received over 100 submissions: idiosyncratic, funny, moving, sad and, yes, inspiring. They’re backstories to the writing process and snapshots of the many muses.



Chris Voice

Mary Sue Wehr

Meg Tuite

Emmy Swain

Phyllis Jean Green

Jerry Peterson

Wanda M. Argersinger

Himanshu Goel (Yash Aggarwal)

Yashowardhan Chaturvedi

Pam Floyd Hauck

B. Lynn Goodwin

Donna Solitario

Rachel Moran

Avinash Lohana

Conda Douglas

Ginny Buccelli

Margie Hall (Marguerite Lafayette)

Shreya Gain

Harshita Saraf

Gemma Parkes

Donna Solitario

Stephen Faulds

Laura Lamarca

Colin Ian

Rory Kilalea (pen name – Murungu)

Stacy M Tyler

Cornelia Connie D. DeDona

Maggi Summerhill  

S.L. Wallace

J. H. Bográn

Clara Bowman-Jahn

Alex Bledsoe

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Tanja Cilia

Rhonda Talbot

Karen Slimick Arnpriester

David Elliot

Mike Donohoe

Janiera Eldridge

Sara York

Theresa C. Newbill

Nancy Hinchliff


Tony Hunt

J.T. Lewis

Catherine Wolffe

Kate St. Vincent Vogl

Jack Scott

Karen Liebreich

C. Lee McKenzie

John Yeo

Sanjana Jogani

Angela Stevenson-Ringo

Patsy Miranda

Mark Boland

Esther Altshul Helfgott

Alan S. Kleiman

Barbara Ehrentreu

Melissa Stud­dard

Robyn Campbell

Zan Nordlund

Danica Davidson

Lynne Spreen

Isla Rosser-Owen

Gordon S. Black

R Jeffreys

Lois Alter Mark

Angelique Claire Clark

Laura Di Sciascio

Chris Hammer

Lauren Bjorkman

Jen Walls

Marni Graff

J. Dylan Yates

Linda Nugen McCue

Julie Van-Dungey

Kelvin M. Knight


The "I" Word: Writers On Their Inspiration
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