People Who Inspire Me (in Life and Writing)

In my last post, I shared about what I’ve learned through the journey of Writing. On subsequent posts, I’ll be sharing in-depth about the stuff that I’ve discovered. 

For the past 2 months, I’ve been focusing on writing short stories and participating in writing contests. I also bought a new set of printer and some new books particularly about writing and self-help. I realized from the moment I set up the small workstation in my room, it became a fresh restart – I began to hone the skills in writing; this time without straining my eyes in front of the computer or suffering from the back pain (the new chair and desk really help!). 


But there were also days where I was completely demotivated or uninspired. I had no drive to write, let alone to study. There were many factors that brought me down – software license expires, no interview call for the job I applied, no respond from the publisher after I pitched my idea and story, and then comes fasting month in June that had absorbed almost half of the energy. Then I lost my old essay books from school which I had kept for many years as a self-motivation. Then there’s a novel contest, but I find the deadline was too short. Eventually, it boils down to this moment where all of a sudden, I had the motivation to write this post.  

During the dark times – the time when I don’t have the desire to write at all or when the evil side kept whispering that I should have just given up writing altogether, – I took a break. I spent many days watching TV series or indie movies; mostly about writers, bibliography, and travel. I didn’t plan for when I will start to write again. It didn’t bother me about the best practices that say “you need to keep writing every day.” I thought I had lost the momentum or felt guilty about it, but I didn’t. It was really a strange phase. But even during those dark times, I found myself going back to reading some of the newsletters, blog post, articles, books or listening to the podcast, still. These resources came from a bunch of people who had actually inspire me, even during the days when I feel like doing nothing at all. 

They make me want to write – again.

In 2014, I discovered two bloggers – Devon and Cassie. They both lived in another side of the world, but they became my most favorite and most influential people in my life (and in my writing). I read almost every single posts that they had published. I’d been meaning to send a thank you letter to them, but in case you are reading this, “Well, heyya!” 

I had learned a lot from these people, especially about life perspectives, the creative world and the craft of writing. These are the names that inspired me:

Devon Mills (now known as Devon Pass).

DevHammock240Devon is a writer and runner who quits a well-paid job to travel the world. Once, she had a personal blog at ‘Answering Oliver’ before switching to Tumblr. She was the first person that literally changed my life. She was the reason that made me fall in love back into the craft of writing. How I discovered her was a bit funny. During that time, I wanted to buy a new bag (it was either Deuter or Osprey) before going for a backpacking trip and was actually seeking for reviews that eventually led to her site. Since that day, I was hooked. I couldn’t stop reading about her writing, her life-changing journeys and travels. She had taught me into becoming an honest, broad-minded blogger. Most of her posts were commendable; I could feel as if we were having a face-to-face conversation. From there, I discovered many other writers, bloggers and travelers – a bunch of community that I mostly love. Thank you, Devon. You had been a part in my life chapters. Wish I could meet you in person, really.

Cassie Paton

36469bdCassie is a blogger at ‘Witty Title Here‘, who is also a feminist writer. She is my another favorite person; her blog was one of the first that I bookmarked since I started blogging in 2013. She literally made me wanted to start my own blog. I became a member in one of her self-built community called ‘Introversion Unite’ and from that moment onward, I knew we always had something in common. I enjoyed reading her interviews, her life journey and her way of writing based on her own perspective in many aspects of life. And, she took nice photos, too! Cassie, you are such an inspiration to me. Keep doing what you are doing, because you are just great at being, you! 

Adrienne Young (newly added: 2020)

Adrienne Young is the NYT best-selling author of Sky in the Deep and other several novels. She is currently writing more books and I stumbled upon her through Instagram writing community a couple of years ago. Her IG feed is very aesthetic; she loves nature, yoga, travel and I was immediately hooked. I always enjoy following her creative process and she’s really a down-to-earth person (she even took time to address all my queries and that’s why I loved her). She became my biggest inspiration and motivation in life and in this creative journey. Thank you so much, Adrienne! You are definitely an inspiration to many of us!

Chris Guillebeau

chris-guillebeauChris is an entrepreneur, traveler, blogger and speaker. He is also an author of The Art of Non-Conformity blog and book. He writes about personal development and life planning, entrepreneurship and other kinds of unconventional work including his travel and adventure. He was on his mission of RTW trip and had visited a total of 193 countries (yes, 193!). To me, he is like the Yoda version of my passion.

Jeff Goins

Jeff_GoinsJeff is the author of his best-selling book, The Art of Work. He shared his reflections on writing and life and had successfully built many like-minded and inspiring community who shared the same passion. His writing is realistic and always helpful in giving advice for those longing to pursue their dream. I own almost all of his books, in which he had been the greatest mentor to me in the art of writing and living a meaningful life. (At the point of writing this post, I am attending his book study through his weekly live broadcast).

Austin Kleon

Austin is a writer who draws. He created art with his words, and wrote books with pictures. His best-selling illustrated books include Steal Like An Artist and Show Your Work. His art is simplistic, yet engaging. With Austin, there’s always something new that I will learn; and he inspired me to further develop my creative passion. I always love reading his newsletters where he offers his insightful tips and findings, sharing about his mentors and the books he read. I also read his books several times.

Elizabeth Gilbert

gilbert_elizabethLiz has inspired me from the day I watched the ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ movie. I started to research more about her and followed her ever since through her books, social pages and podcast. I am currently reading her self-help book, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear and hope to share the review soon. She never failed to be such an inspiration to me, even by just reading her thoughts through her social media page. Her writings always resonate to how I felt about my life and about the painful processes that I had in writing. Her words always encouraged me to continue pursuing the creative life.  

Apart from above, I also followed these names:

On my future posts, I will share some of the books (about writing and life motivation), sites/podcasts that I followed and also films that inspired me to write and travel. Hope they’ll be an inspiration to you too! Till then!

Do you have a list of people who inspire you? Share your stories.


“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln

12 thoughts on “People Who Inspire Me (in Life and Writing)

  1. Crystal Perkins says:

    Great tribute to some amazing individuals! Writing is tough. Tougher than a lot of people seem to realize. Examples, inspiration, and persistence help to move past those sticky bouts of writer’s block. Keep at it, you’ve got good things to say. And it’s nice to know I’m not alone in these kinds of feelings.

  2. Cassie says:

    This absolutely made my day. 🙂 Thank you so much for your kind words. I have been through exactly what you describe (more than I’d like to admit), but reading this is the perfect reminder that you never know who your words have touched, and that continuing to write is ALWAYS worth the struggle. ❤

  3. jodiheisz says:

    Great list! One person who inspires me is Natalie Goldberg. Writing Down the Bones is one of her books I read time and time again. Every time I read it, I learn something new.

  4. TriGirl says:

    It’s so nice to have inspiration. I am either on hold or in transition, I’m not sure what is happening yet. So it’s good to know others have been in the same boat and come out the other side. Thanks for writing this and inspiring me!

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