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Last week I posted an inspirational video featuring Neil Gaiman, who is, in my humble estimation, one of the more talented writers alive today. That video is well worth your time. It is nothing short of inspiring.

But a lot of things inspire. If you’re like me, you probably have a couple of videos, or songs, or passages from favorite books, or blogs, or something that motivate you to write and help you re-affirm your belief that you can and do kick ass. My list of inspirational fodder is long and varied. It includes my favorite piece of classical music by Haydn, as well as passages from Jim Butcher, JRR Tolkien, JK Rowling, Neil Gaiman, Martin Millar, Ernest Hemingway, Stephen King, Anne Lamott, and Joe Hill. It even includes a scene or two from some iconic movies, like Dead Poets Society.

And…um…oh yeah–this song by Weezer.

That’s right. Weezer. Turn your speakers up and revel in the 3 minutes and 34 seconds of awesome. And if Weezer’s not your thing, then feel free to substitute something that inspires you. The point is to remember to invite your muse to speak to you through the things that encourage and inspire you. Intentionally expose yourself (no snickering) to the things that make you want to write. The things that make you feel strong and courageous and talented and good at what you do.

Perhaps your muse is more tame than mine. Vye, however, is something of a rocker chick. The smart-ass ways of Weezer appeal to her. And me.

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