Waiting for Inspiration to Strike
Where does your inspiration come from? Writing, blogging, painting, creating… how do you get there? Do you ever have those one-off days when nothing comes? Nothing. Ideas seem forced and your efforts look about as appealing and creative as a piece of gray cardboard.
I can’t predict what will inspire me or how to make it happen with great frequency. Blog ideas come from all kinds of unexpected places and at the least expected moments. I’ve learned to keep pen and paper by the bed for those restless middle of the night epiphanies. I always think I’ll remember them in the morning…. and rarely does that happen. I carry a notepad for just those reasons. A funny moment on the street, a snippet of overheard conversation, a picture; all might provide some inspiration which ultimately leads to a good post.
This morning’s post for Delicacies was inspired by a so-so movie, the idea came to me at 5:30 AM as I was thinking about one of the scenes in the movie. After a long day of work on a client’s project, I went to bed last night without a single thought for any of my blogs. And, I let it go, hoping that inspiration of some sort would appear this morning.
It helps to keep a running list of ideas for blogs. I have a list for each blog which I try to review and add to on a regular basis. But, just like with a book I’m about to read, I find that suddenly the subject isn’t as appealing on any given day and then the search begins again. If your blog is a specialized one then the search for inspiration might necessitate a wider or narrower focus. For my personal blog I search sites: The Onion, The Daily Beast, Jezebel, NPR, and the major newspapers for ideas. I often find a story to share or find inspiration for a tangential post loosely connected to something I saw. This morning I’m watching my cat play with the little plastic circle from a milk bottle and I know there’s fodder for a post there, I just don’t know exactly what angle it might take….yet.
The busier I am with work, the less creative I find myself in blogging. My brain gets into one mode and shifting is difficult. Right now I’m redoing web content and at the paste/cut portion…it requires attention, though it’s a mechanical job at this point. But my attention is so focused on links and steps, and setting the right categories that all else is pretty much driven from my brain. Great work if you need to lose yourself in ‘routine’.
This evening I plan to go outside, sit with my feet in the sandbox, glass of wine in hand and notepad near by. I’ll scribble a few thoughts, random and rambling. And, I just might find inspiration there. If nothing else it’ll be relaxing.
What do you do to get the ideas flowing?
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