07/02/2014 21:44

Inspiration’s a really strange thing. I keep coming across things on Tumblr that I really want to write for, or from, and…the words won’t come. Which is annoying, because some of them are so good that I just want to be able to write the perfect story, or find the words to describe something. But I have realised that everything does go in, and then just sits in my brain to wait for the perfect time to jump out. (On a side note – half the places in Greensky are tiny towns we must have driven through when I was a child: it was only when I drove through again as an adult that I realised I hadn’t just made them up. Such a weird moment!)


I’ve been asked (well, ok, I volunteered) to write some short stories for an anthology on a Wiltshire theme. I’ve got lots of inspiration (check out my friend Toby King if you want beautiful pictures to be inspired by!) but nothing had jumped out.

So, essentially, I stopped trying. I stopped trying to plan a story, to start with a scene – and inspiration came out of nowhere (seriously, I have no idea where the story jumped from: I was on Tumblr and listening to Kodaline and then BAM), and I’ve just written a 1500-word short story about, well, a time-traveller. And how the past is always surrounding us.


It’s going to be fun to edit, and I might add more. It’s always interesting for me to write something outside the worlds of Greensky or Shadows, and I sometimes feel that I’ve become too immersed in them. Then something like Madcap Library turns up, of course, and I realise I’m not stuck at all. I just happen to be waiting for more inspiration…

Author: kate

Kate Coe is an editor, book reviewer and writer of fiction & fantasy. She writes the sparkpunk GreenSky series and blogs at When she's not working, she fills her spare time in between writing with web design, gaming, geeky cross-stitch and DIY (which may or may not involve destroying things). She also reads far fewer books that she would like to, but possibly more than she really has time for.