Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Inspiring creativity March 24, 2022

Lost glove along the Straight River Trail, south Faribault, Minnesota. (Minnesota Prairie Roots copyrighted photo March 2022)

THE GLOVED STICK stuck out like a snowman’s broken appendage. There, stuck in the snow, aside the Straight River Trail in south Faribault.

Camera in hand, I paused on a recent afternoon trail walk to photograph the lost grey glove. Scenes like this intrigue me because there’s always a story. Who lost the glove? Why? Who found the glove and then decided to stick it on a stick? Would the woman who lost the glove find it?

Real life often prompts my creative writing. Several weeks ago I wrote with a fury over two days, under pressure to meet a contest deadline. In those two full days of creating, I wrote two pieces of creative nonfiction, two short stories and two poems. The Muse moved within me and I felt it.

More often than not, I tap into my life for ideas. The “write what you know” adage holds true for me.

In writing fiction, I can take a snippet of truth and craft it into a short story that rings with reality, except it’s not. A text shaped one of the pieces I crafted. The other story came from some dark place I have not yet unearthed.

The recent death of my mom resulted in a poem and a work of creative nonfiction. A sign in a barbershop window prompted the second piece of creative nonfiction.

And my second poem emerged from a previous walk along a riverside trail in Faribault. Not the same path of broken snowman appendage. But a place where fingers of snow wrote stories across asphalt.

TELL ME: If you are a creative, what inspires you in your writing/painting/creating? I’d like to hear.

© Copyright 2022 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


10 Responses to “Inspiring creativity”

  1. Beth Ann Says:

    Real life inspires me and I, like you, write what I know.

  2. I have a tendency to get the creative mind on when out in nature, especially in regards to the light or near water. I think part of it is due to breaking away from the cube walls at work and/or taking a break from the house reno (finally in the home stretch and then taking a break for a bit – still have the kitchen to update but good to go for now). I love your creativity and your great story telling 🙂 Happy Creating, Happy Exploring – Enjoy!

  3. beth Says:

    I love this picture and words as I’m always fascinated by things list or left behind. I tend to get my creative inspirations from things I experience, encounter, read or hear in my life. Also things that trigger memories for me-

  4. Valerie Says:

    Adventures and nature (which is usually an adventure!) are my inspirations.

  5. JanBeek Says:

    Hi Audrey. What inspires my writing is so varied that I would have a hard time limiting the labeling of it. What I see, what I read and hear, what I do and don’t do, the people around me, nature and animals, sermons, Biblical scripture, life’s challenges… I could go on and on… writers like you inspire me ❤

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