There are many, many things that can be an inspiration to a writer or an author. And I am sure there are as many things out there that can inspire as there are people who write!
But I have often thought that nature and the physical world around us is a source of forgotten inspiration.
So often, we as authors and writers, find ourselves holed up inside hunched over our computers, laptops, pads, papers, pens and pencils. We don’t get outside much into the natural world.
Yet, I think that taking a break from our imaginary worlds to enjoy the real one we live in can give us a new perspective on our writing. Taking a hike or just a walk around the block and really taking the time to look at the nature around us can help us understand how to fill our writing with those perhaps insignificant bits that bring a story to life. Describing the fury of a rainstorm, the glory of a sunrise, the ghostliness of a foggy morning, the rough bark of the tree you just climbed barefoot, the splash of a fish in a pond, the silence of the forest, or the sound of the birds in the spring is so much easier if you have experienced those things first hand.
I am not saying you have to be a poet and imbibe your writing with lengthy discourses about scenery! But it is nice to be able to make your world real to yourself and others by adding those special details.
When was the last time you looked at the rain on a flower petal or tried to really put your finger on the smell of fresh cut grass? Have you ever thought about taking your writing outside so you can breath the fresh air as you scribble or type along? If you have a hammock, use it. Laying on a hammock and looking at the leaves overhead has been when I got some of my best writing ideas!
Nature is a friend and a gift and can really teach us a thing or two if we are willing to stop and listen.