Spending hours in front of my computer screen can quickly turn my thoughts into mush. The blinking cursor doesn’t seem to inspire me. So I have to find it in other ways.
That requires getting up and moving away from the computer, which can be difficult if I have a deadline to meet. Yet I know that mindlessly staring at my screen won’t get me anywhere.
For me, I find inspiration in a variety of ways. Believe it or not, television can be a great jumping point for topics.
Commercials, talk shows, news channels and even a drama have been known to flick a switch inside my mind. Suddenly I have an idea, a topic, or a new direction to go.
The same thing is true with reading. I find a lot of inspiration in reading the works of others.
But I have even found inspiration doing nothing. Observing people, sitting outside and taking in the fresh air…these are other ways that have allowed my creative juices to flow.
Sometimes I will walk on my treadmill, clearing my mind of work and the written word. It seems to empty the clutter, allowing for a fresh infilling of inspiration.
What about you? How do you find the inspiration when you need it? I would love to hear the different ways in which writers do this.
© 2012, Stephanie Romero