Finding That Spark
Inspiration is a wonderful thing when you can find it. For those of you who strive to be mobile dictionaries, I am not talking about the the 'drawing in of breath' inspiration. I'm talking about the inspiration defined as being 'a sudden brilliant idea'.
Inspiration is different for everyone, especially those who of us who are quirky, unique, deep thinkers. My inspiration comes from basically everywhere. I usually combine observations, research, personal experience; and then delve into my amazingly disorganized brain and find some bright little spark of an idea. The process differs every time.
For you, it might just randomly appear before your eyes, or in your brain. As a writer, I believe that there are two basic ways to get inspired. Firstly, one can spend time waiting patiently for inspiration to strike; or as a more efficient and effective way of finding that idea, one can go looking for it. Be proactive about it.
Inspiration hides itself everywhere. In the largest most obvious places, and in the tiniest and more obscure corners of daily life. It can come in many forms. Images, other stories, unusual facts, prompts, books, and (would you believe it) even other humans. These are just a few of the possibilities, and they can change depending on who you are and what you are trying to look for.
Finding that spark of inspiration is simpler than you think. It's all just up to you.
(Still have a mental blank, or just need a small motivational push to get those creative juices flowing? Visit The Idea Gallery or my Prompts Collection; they should help you find an idea.)