I’ve heard some say that they receive inspiration while in the shower or on a trail in the forest or beside a lake. I’ve had a poem write itself when I’m stuck in traffic. There are innumerable places to find inspiration. Consider if there is a place or time of day when you typically receive inspiration.
INSPIRATION–Truly, it is everywhere, in any moment if we are RECEPTIVE! Aren’t we blasted by inspiration of one sort or another daily. When I look out my bedroom window, I see sky and natural beauty everywhere. When I’m traveling, I view highways, vehicles, people, bridges, bays, high deserts. In a cafe, I overhear a line from someone at the adjoining table that I have to write in my notebook. Or an aroma crosses my olfactory awareness and I’m transported back in time to when my mom used to make her famous spaghetti sauce. Or, as often happens, the words of an old familiar song take me right back to my twenties. With all the inspiration around us, we could easily go into overwhelm. For the writer, there is a necessary sorting process to determine what “scents” we want to explore further. The sorting of dross from gold. That’s where our particular inspiration comes in. You’ve decided, haven’t you, what you want to write about, where your passions lie?
According to Mr. Webster himself, inspiration is “A divine influence or action on a person believed to qualify her or him to receive and communicate sacred revelation.”
NOW THAT IS A POWERFUL CALLING!
It’s a good idea to be a witness to how your unique creative process works and how you respond to inspiration.
Think of something you wrote recently. Then back track…and list the details that lead you to explore this particular topic.
- What was the topic?
- Where were you when inspiration hit?
- What were you doing?
- Were you in conversation with someone?
- Did you immediately know that this was a hot topic for you?
- Did you write it down?
- Tell someone about it?
- Put it aside for another time?
This is a way to witness your own process when it comes to how you respond to the muse, to inspiration.
“What does it take for you to leap from the point of inspiration to write something on the page?”