We all have moments where it seems our creativity has dried up. It doesn't matter if we're water color artists, website designers, lovelorn poets, or bio-chemists. Sometimes you can't wait for the muse to come calling - sometimes you have to go a-knocking at her door. Below are some of the places I look for inspiration when the going gets tough.
- Nature! The great outdoors are an unending source of inspiration. A long walk, a run through the woods, a creek where I can sit and jot down ideas while no one is looking. Solitude and a stretch of grass can go a long way.
- The Internet. Sure, a live connection can often spell disaster for the aimless and uninspired. (Wikipeida, can I please have back all those hours of my life?) However, every tool is a weapon if you hold it right and the Internet can be one of your best defenses against idle hands. Explore images on Flickr, find writing prompts, connect with other artists and makers and movers and shakers. (If you find a good shaker link, let me know.) Give yourself a time limit and when that limit is up, get off the Internet and start creating!
- Friends. Start a book club, a writers' group, a monthly craft night, a running coterie. Accountability is a strong motivator, and hanging out with your friends makes procrastination seem like a silly idea.
- Newspapers. I like to page (or click) through the news and save articles about weird places, strange coincidences, and interesting people. Later, when I need an idea, I pull out one of the stories I've squirreled away and use it as a jumping off place for something else.
Posted by Chrissy
Thursday, March 05, 2009
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