Wednesday, 24 August 2011
What Gets Your Creative Juices Flowing?
Today I wrote. I actually sat down, tapped away at my keyboard and produced a couple of thousand words. And when I read them back, they weren't half bad (in my humble opinion :o). The reason I'm so happy? Despite desperately wanting to move forward with my WIP, I've hardly touched it since the kids started school holidays at the end of July.
Today something was different; I wanted to write. Even though I'd planned to take the kids out for a treat, I took my laptop with me, and while they were occupied shooting each other with lasers, (not real ones I hasten to add!), I ordered myself a large latte, and let the words flow through my fingertips. In fact I was so absorbed in my imaginary world, I succumbed to the embarrassing habit of sticking my tongue out (helps me concentrate...) - I really hope none of the other parents noticed!
So it got me thinking; why was I able to 'write' so much today, when I've struggled to write anything in the past four weeks?
I think it boils down to inspiration. When I feel inspired, the story consumes me and I can't wait to get it down on paper. That inspiration can come from anywhere - a good movie, a great tune, reading awesome books, the list goes on...
Today, I can't tell you what IT was, but whatever IT was, I hope IT hangs around for tomorrow.
So, what about you? What/where/when/who do you turn to for inspiration?
Image creator Graur Codrin