The TFTBN Tuesday Prompt was designed to get us thinking about what tools we have in our creative toolbox. What do we do when the creative juices stop flowing? How do we unstick when we are stuck?
It happens to us all. And what we do to get back in the swing of things is probably as different for each of us as our fingerprint. As mentioned in the TFTBN Wednesday Discussion, I want the opportunity to learn from you. I am certain that the insight, ideas, and inspiration boosters you have to offer will help me to grow into my biggest, best, writer-y self. And I hope my ideas will do the same for you.
To be candid, the longer I am “blocked” or frustrated in the creative process, the more time the enemy of self doubt has to creep in and rob me of my confidence. It tells me I am not a writer or no one wants to hear what I have to say. By exchanging these solutions, we are giving each other more ammo against that wily foe.
So… without further ado, here are my Top 3 Sources of Inspiration:
1.) MUSIC !!! – For the record, yes I did type that word and then throw my hands up and chair dance. Music is an old friend of mine. It transports me through any creative obstacle, hurdle, and even breaks down creative brick walls. The artist, mood, genre, and volume may vary based on what type of blockage I experience, but it is always a healing balm for my soul.
(Yup… still dancing in my chair. Don’t judge me.)
2.) COOKING – This one actually took me a bit by surprise. I had to pay attention to my creative pattern to notice it. Time and time again I have observed I get up from my laptop in frustration, begin cooking, and suddenly I am arranging food on a plate like a work of art. It is less in the eating of the food, then the creating the food. To be able to put in some effort, stand back while looking at a finished product and say to myself, “It is good.” It reinforces the fact that I am a creative being and gets me back in front of my laptop again.
3.) DREAMS – This one is probably the most unpredictable, I admit, but it really works for me. Since I was a little kid, I have been able to remember even the smallest details about my dreams. At times, they seem to be full length movies that go on forever. I always keep a journal or a voice recorder by the bed so I can wake from sleep and immediately begin recording them. As I pour back over the ideas in the light of day, I find that with a few tweaks, there are stories just longing to be told.
But enough about me… what inspires you? Don’t hold back. I can’t wait to hear from you!
(Takes about a pad and gets ready to take notes.)
Ciao for now,
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