…in the world around us is something writers (and artists in general) are supposed to be good at. While it is often argued that hard work and effort are the most important tools in a writer’s arsenal, it can be useful to remember that inspiration is not just a tiny spark of brilliance, preceding an avalanche of awesomeness. It can also be a soothing balm in the face of frustration, or the dynamite needed to blast through that dreaded Writer’s Block.
So whether you’re trying to start something new, are stuck in the middle of your latest WIP (Work In Progress), or are a seasoned veteran trying to get your mojo back; inspiration may be just what you need. There are plenty of ways to get yourself inspired, the key is figuring out which works best for you. A few options include:
- Reading; anything & everything!
- Free writing or sprint writing – just get some words on the page.
- Listening to music
- Watching a film
- Catching up on your favourite TV show (we all know I mean binge-watching here…)
- Do something that makes you laugh
- Take photos
- Make/look at art
- People-watch (a personal favourite of mine)
- Remind yourself what nature looks like…in real life…
- *insert other activity of your choice here*
The possibilities are endless! If you’re not sure what will get your creative juices flowing, try a few different ideas and see which work best. Personally, it depends on my mood, time of day, how well I slept, etc. as to which is going to help me feel the most inspired when I need it.
Today it just so happens that my inspiration comes from outside my window. While winter is NOT my favourite season, snow IS my favourite weather. I have always been fascinated with looking up at the sky and watching the millions of snowflakes dance and weave their way down to the earth below. I find the way they move, constantly changing direction and pace, almost hypnotic. I am frequently in awe of how beautifully clean, pure and fairytale-like everything looks when covered in a fresh blanket of snow. I love the crunching sound beneath my boots as I purposely stomp on as much untouched snow as I can. I think I will be forever entertained by my dog, bouncing through fields of white with a look of such pure and unadulterated joy on his ridiculous, snow-encrusted face.
I love the muted sounds; the bite of an icy wind stinging my cheeks; the thick coats and knitted scarves. I live for the days of warm blankets, hearty soups and hot drinks thawing out my frozen fingers. Snow makes me feel calm. I am able to find an internal sort of peace and serenity from this beautiful weather phenomenon, that very few other things can replicate.
So there is my inspiration for today: the beautiful winter wonderland outside my door. Whatever form your inspiration may take, I hope you make time to enjoy a little bit of it, everyday. As Vincent van Gogh once said:
It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love, is well done.