Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Defining Inspiration

inspiration  (ˌɪnspɪˈreɪʃən) — n
1.      stimulation or arousal of the mind, feelings, etc, to special or unusual activity or creativity

We can’t wait around for inspiration to hit like lightening during a storm. We have to go looking for it. If we open our eyes there’s something to arouse your mind everywhere you go. (not that kind of aroused… get your mind out of the gutter)

How do we get it? Put in a favorite piece of music,  pull up a Google search of your favorite artist’s work, or pop in that movie that makes you cry. Take all of the thoughts, sensations, and emotions that string of notes, or the painting stirs in you and turn it into inspiration. Define it into a story with your voice. 

There are times in every writer’s life we get into a rut. Nothing seems to work or we have ideas that burn bright then die out quickly. Maybe we need a new definition. Try going some place you haven’t been before. Even if it’s just a new restaurant or coffee shop.

We can’t all be world travelers, but we can armchair travel on some pretty fantastic websites. Walk the halls of the Louver, see Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower, or explore a haunted castle. There are so many ways to seek and define our inspiration.

All that is well and good but how do we know when we’re really inspired? According to Webster’s Dictionary inspiration is physical and mental reaction to something that stimulates our mind.

If your heart races, you can see something so vividly in your mind, you can almost feel it under your fingertips. Perhaps it brings stirrings of an emotion. If you’ve had a reaction with both mind and body then you know you’ve truly been inspired.

So get out there and find an idea that not only sounds good but also gives you chills and fills your mind with imaginings.  

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Anonymous said...

Cool post on inspiration and very good advice...Inspiration can be anywhere and everywhere if we just keep our senses open and seeking after it.

- Kim

Rebecca Bradley said...

A great reminder that we don't have to go far for our inspiration. The world is now such a smaller place thanks to the internet. Great post. Thank you and thank you for hosting this.

Eden Baylee said...

Agree wholeheartedly with you Elise. Life itself is inspiring. We just need to pay attention.


Patti Larsen said...

LOVE that picture... ;) And I love that thrilling, chilling feeling...

Great post!

Ciara said...

Inspiration is everywhere. I love that. :)

Shelley Munro said...

Cool post. There's nothing worse than getting stuck in a rut. Just stepping out of our normal routine can be very inspiring.

Ruchiraa said...

Nice picture. (And "not that kind of aroused..."-laughing at that line). Love the exciting feeling you mention.