An unplanned immersion for me has been Alzheimer's and Dementia. My father-in-law and my step-mother are quickly declining as these two age-generated illnesses take over and take from their lives. I wish I didn't have to know how this is effecting these two lovely and important people in my life. I wish I wasn't learning how it will continue to progress, destroying who they are and who is important to them. I wish I was not aware of how my mother-in-law is trying everything she can to slow the loss of what makes her husband unique, even knowing it is snowballing, just infinitesimally slower than it would have had she not made the effort. I wish that when I call my mom I don't feel as if some stranger has answered the phone and I am trying to make a good impression. But all this new knowledge is attaching itself to a novel idea which came out of another area of unanticipated knowledge gain.
What I didn't expect from these two forced gains in knowledge, experience and understanding (we might add torture, but I want to keep this positive) is that the two would link up and inspire me to write a contemporary novel. I write science fiction, folks!
The moral of this story is use the knowledge you have gained in life and extend it through research, conversation and attention to the details around you. It will inspire you and take you to new areas of creativity and written expression. That's after all what writers are all about, taking today (with all that came before) and turning it into words tomorrow.
What knowledge base has brought inspiration to you and found its way into your writing? What interest could you pursue greater understanding of and use to provide specificity and inspiration to your writing?