Finding Inspiration to Write

There is no mathematical formula or magic incantation to inspire creativity. Nor will creativity strike when looking for it. My advice for finding creativity: Read – doesn’t matter what you read as long as you’re reading; Paint a picture – you don’t have to show it to anybody; Embroider a flower on your cuff – it’s not just for old ladies anymore; Knit a cap or a scarf or an enormous bedspread; Plant a tree – one day you’ll climb it. These are creative things, and in doing creative things, our brain cells expand, learn, explore. This sparks creativity.

I recently completed an embroidery project full of flowers. I haven’t touched needle to canvas in ages, but with COVID requiring I spend my time away from people, I picked up the needle. The result isn’t very pretty. It’s nice enough, but as I followed directions to relearn basic stitches and learn novel ways to create new flowers, a character for my latest novel I didn’t know was missing showed up and introduced herself. She’s covered in floral tattoos and is about as complicated a personality as I’ve ever met. And she fits perfectly into Midnight Bites. Thanks to her, this book is almost done. Can’t wait for you to meet her.

In one since, the Faulkner quote (see below) is true. Inspiration hits when you require words on a page. I think it’s because at that moment, our brains turn on the creative juices. If you think you can’t be creative on call, set a schedule for your writing, stick to it no matter what, and don’t forget to live and explore between writing times. 

Let me know how it goes.

 I only write when inspiration strikes. Fortunately, It Strikes every morning at ten o’clock. — William Faulkner (maybe)

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2 thoughts on “Finding Inspiration to Write”

  1. I have that *embroidery” experience when I’m gardening. It seems like the physical work frees the mind for some musing and in that space, characters and dialog and stories show up, reading to play. I love how this complex character showed up and enabled you to finish your book. Very cool. Happy Writing.

  2. Yeah, there’s just something about repetitive tasks that help the brain spark all its creative juices. Whenever I walk, or wash the dishes, I do get a higher chance of coming up with a story point. There must be something to this.

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