Lately I’ve been uninspired to write anything. This is partially do to the fact that I’ve been sick for weeks (its a bit wearing) and the state of the world has me down. Even cooking, which usually picks me up, has become a chore. So, the question is, what does one do to force inspiration – although it could be argued that inspiration can’t be forced. Better yet, how does one find inspiration?
Everyone is inspired by different things. Some by books, movies, music, children, or the world around them for example. Music plays a big part in my life. I actually write differently depending upon the music I’m listening to. When I write my blog, its usually something upbeat, because I like my posts to have a positive tone. When I write romance, it has to be something soft and…no surprise…romantic! When I write poetry my music is usual instrumental.
I’ve been doing a lot of reading. A good compliment to writing. When you can sink really your teeth into a good novel by an author you admire, that’s definitely inspirational. You might appreciate their style, their genius with plot twists, or the depth of their characters, to name a few. Many times, I find that my mind runs off on a creative tangent as I’m finishing paragraph. Of course, then I have to go back and read it again! Like a good song, I might return to the same book, again, when my imagination needs a boost.
Sometimes just watching the world around me can be motivational. I can look at the sun glistening on the white snow, watch skaters glide effortlessly along the ice, or enjoy the imagination of my kids when it runs free. My only problem with this tactic, is the fast changing pace of real life. The sun can be covered by a cloud, a skater trip and fall, or my kids spontaneously errupting into a battle! So, then I resort back to my first two options and try to carry with me the fleeting glimpse of a perfect world with me. Some might say, however, that its the imperfection that makes a good story, and I’m inclined to believe it. But I also find it unsettling and I can’t start my piece that way.
Poetry has a way of unlocking the creation cabinets in my brain. There is something about writing free form pieces that start the wheels turning. I basically just spill it out onto the page and then watch it take form before my eyes. I think, in many ways, poetry mirrors the way we think – not in complete sentences but rather in bursts of ideas and images. Come to think of it, this might be a good way to brainstorm for a story! I will have to try it.
As I finish this post, I find that even a lack of inspiration can cause inspiration! What do you do when you’re in the creative doldrums?