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What one thing inspires you the most?

I'm participating in the Australia Day Giveaway Blog Hop being ran by Book'd Out (mandatory reading for serious book-lovers).

I'm giving away a signed copy of my first novel, The Devil's in the Detail. To win, I just want you to answer one simple question: What one thing inspires you the most?

I was asked this recently in an interview and found it extremely difficult to answer. Inspiration can come though so many things -  music, films, books, conversations with friends. I eventually decided that hiking was the thing that inspires me the most. I'm amazed at the ideas, stories and characters that pop into my head while climbing a mountain or walking across a secluded field. The novel I'm currently writing (just moved onto second draft - progress!) was conceived and mapped out while walking across Spain on the Camino de Santiago. For me, hiking is the one thing that inspires me the most.

The competition details are below - so get your entries in and make sure you check out Book'd Out for more great give-aways from other bloggers and authors.

For those celebrating Australia Day tomorrow - have a great (and safe) day.

How to enter: Using the comments below, answer the question "What one thing inspires you the most?" (must be just one thing - difficult I know!)

Entries close: Midnight, Tuesday 28th January 2014

Winners will be chosen randomly (using and announced on Saturday 1st February 2014

Second chance: For those that 'Like me' on Facebook (or those that already do, but share this article or) will be entered into the draw twice!

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Reader Comments (14)

It depends on what you mean by inspiration, but I'm a singer, among other things, and there are some pieces of music, particularly baroque music, which make the world even more real when you are singing them - there's an almost physical sensation of immanence and of the divine (or something like it) being very close and very real. This may or may not be inspiration, but it's pretty incredible regardless!

January 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

I'd have to say music is my greatest motivator in the world. I can be feeling blah, then put on a great song, nice and loud and my mood can change instantly and I'm inspired to get something done.

January 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTracey (Carpe Librum blog)

Matt wilson .. Say no more

January 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGary (Dave) shepherd

@ Catherine & Tracey: I know what you both mean - music was a very close second for me too. I wish I could play some kind of instrument (not sure a few chords on a guitar counts). But with my writing, a well chosen playlist can make all the difference. Thanks for sharing!

January 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew S Wilson

@ Gary / Dave: Haha - glad I've made a difference!

January 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew S Wilson


January 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRad Hall

My children and most of their friends, teenagers just seem so "with it" these days, full of self esteem and cleverness!

January 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterWendy S

My children inspire me. So much so that I finally overcame my fear of driving at age almost 33 just t drive them to school.

January 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle V

Yep, this is hard. But the one place I can always find inspiration is the beach. There's just something fresh and vibrant about it that I instantly feel better.

Happy Australia Day holiday!

January 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEleni Konstantine

I think life inspires me. A beautiful day can inspire me to want to work in the garden or sit outside and read. A winters day can inspire me to cook soups and things.
I think we find inspiration in things around us all the time but we aren't always aware that it has happened.

January 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnn-Marie Day

@ Rad: Wistfulness is one of my favourite words in the English language ('creed' is my all time favourite though).

@ Wendy: I agree. I read much about 'the state of today's youth', but I see genuine compassion, a willingness to learn and admirable ambition in my younger relatives. Thanks for the response.

@ Michelle: Amazing - well done :) I was a late starter on the swimming front, so I know it's never easy learning something later than others. That's an awesome effort.

@ Eleni: Great answer. I've just moved away from the beach (what was I thinking?!?) and I miss walking along it already. I love how unpredictable the waves are. The same walk can be different every time.

@Ann-Marie: I instantly craved winter and soup after reading that. You're right, life itself is super inspiring. After spending so much time with friends yesterday, it was so cool hearing about all the little projects they were each up to and spurred me on to keep doing what I love. Thanks for posting.

January 27, 2014 | Registered CommenterMatthew S Wilson

I'm inspired by my husband

January 27, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermary

It's a really hard question to answer, as I find inspiration in a variety of things, depending on what I am doing. I think if I had to narrow it down to one thing, though, it would be nature. If I'm not in the best of moods, a good wander and workout in the garden helps, as does time at the beach, or just time out in the sun.
Thanks for the opportunity to participate in the blog hop.

January 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

Thanks so much to everyone's responses - some fantastic insights. I'm just about to enter them into the randomiser, so good luck to all!

February 1, 2014 | Registered CommenterMatthew S Wilson

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