Are you looking for a Light Bulb moment?
Do you ever struggle looking for creativity? An idea to pop into your head or something as simple as a pop of color or an image you see that takes you in a different direction.
Usually it is easy to find inspiration but not always. Just the other day I struggled. I thought I had an idea, a decent idea. When I started to put it down on paper it was pathetic. I kept writing and stopping, looking at the words. There was no flow, it was disjointed. It was a jumbled mess.
I stopped, took a break and came back, Thought it would help but it didn’t. If anything it got worse. I rearranged, I deleted and rewrote. Read it again and almost deleted the whole hot mess. Made myself stop and then shut it down. I walked away and left it for the next day.
I spent time doing other things. I went outside, I read some articles, looked at quotes. Then I spent time outside, poked around in my flower gardens, did some planning, walked the dog and finally went to bed.
So the next day I returned to my writing. I started to reread and then decided that was a bad idea. It was just bad enough that I did not want it to influence my next effort.
I started fresh on a blank space and started to write. This time it worked. I was writing using the same idea but this time I found a flow. The writing was clear and concise. It made sense. Hoorah!
Never before have I had that problem. The interesting thing for me is the fact that I used the same idea for both attempts. One worked and one didn’t. I think my mind was the jumbled mess that first day OR was I truly inspired by the idea? Maybe I needed to trash the idea and look for something that created a spark.
Look at all the time I wasted. If I had been truly inspired I would have been able to write the story and then potentially write another. Two stories. Awesome!
I could have trashed the story but kept the idea and written it later. I did that but I should have done it right away and saved all that time. Good learning experience so it wasn’t a total lose.
All of this has made me wonder about how to find something that really creates a spark. Something that excites me. Sometimes I believe that I limit myself because I have been trying to establish a niche for my blog. I think I am overlooking something that interests me because it is not about my area.
Does this limit me? I think it does. Yesterday I read a blog written by someone that is a totally different creative. She is a painter, she is also an entrepreneur and she is always attempting new projects. She finds her inspiration everywhere. Yesterday I realized she is an excellent writer
The one thing she talked about that made total sense and inspired me was to always be working. Schedule a time to work, in my case, write and just do it. Do it even when you do not feel creative and you do not have an idea. Just sit down and put pen to paper and see what happens. You may end up writing a wonderful story, a great blog, some creative ideas or nothing at all. You have practiced your craft so it really is a win-win.
“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.”
The really important thing I took away from reading her blog yesterday, She does not limit herself. She has been doing this for a long time and has learned a great deal which she is nice enough to share.
There is certainly something to learn from that. I am just starting out so I know I can’t do it all and I need to take my time. At the same time I cannot limit myself. I have to be open to all ideas.
The more we practice our craft the more inspired we will be. The more I write the more ideas will pop into my head.
Everyday is filled with ideas. Tuck them away in your mind and your heart. The practice of just sitting down and writing when you are not focused on anything at all is such a good one. You may have been affected by something you saw, something you heard and did not realize it’s potential for your writing. It may just flow out of you when you are just sitting there writing about whatever pops into your head.
As always, thank you for reading my blog. Have an inspired day!