From Sarah, With Joy

*Poet * Author * Wanderluster*

Monday, January 24, 2011

National Geographic Magazine as Creative Inspiration

I have a stack of about fifty National Geographic magazines that I've accumulated over the years and never really had a chance to dig into until now. I've been surprised at how creatively inspiring I have found it. The writing in the magazine is wonderful in and of itself, and the information and ideas have presented story ideas to me more often then I thought they would. For example, I recently read an article about Armenian diaspora, and I imagined a story about an American Armenian going on a pilgrimage to Mount Ararat. I'm not sure I'll ever use that idea, or how I would go about writing it, but I wrote it down as well as other ideas I've gotten from National Geographic.

I believe its possible to get creative inspiration from nearly anywhere, but this is a specific source that I really like. There is a reason National Geographic is such a long-lived, successful magazine. The articles are inspiring, well-written and thought-provoking, which is just awesome. In short, this is just a plug for National Geographic as a source for inspiration and ideas. What are some specific places you find creative inspiration?

Sarah Allen


  1. What a great idea to use the National Geographics! I remember reading those as a kid and always being mesmerized. I think music is my one, main, focused inspiration for writing.

  2. I have never thought of using National Geographics but with the pictures and settings, it would be fantastic. Great idea.

  3. If I had any copies of National Geographic I'm sure I would be flipping through them right now! I agree with Clarissa, between the photographs and the settings, I can see how it would be easy for ideas to crop up. I might have to scour ebay again.
    - Sophia.

  4. Thanks for the comments everyone! You guys have it totally right, the pictures and stories/settings are super inspiring. Best of luck :)



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