Where Do You Find Your Inspiration?

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Article by Wendy McCance

So, there’s this thing I do whenever I need a little inspiration. Writer’s block is tough and after many trials and errors I have found my personal magical formula to deal with it. You see I’m not one of those people who believe you can write your way through until something of importance appears. I’ve tried the technique and my writing is crap when I try forcing a post. The only thing I gain is that my typing speed increases ever so slightly.

What I do when I need some inspiration is I step away from the computer. If my mind is too cluttered to get to the creative place in my head, I get rid of the clutter. I’ll clean the house, pay the bills and take care of any other responsibility that is running through my brain. If I have a personal worry that is blocking the creative process, I will get out of the house and take a bike ride or go for a walk. Now if my head is clear, and I am just at a loss for what to write, well, that’s when the magic takes over.

I have three creative outlets I use. Music, reading and drawing help me to reset my thoughts and get the ideas flowing again. My favorite way of getting back to writing is music. It’s not the lyrics that get my mind flowing with ideas, but literally the sound of the song. It might sound strange, but, it works.

What’s wild is I can point to chunks of writing within this blog and tell you what music phase I was in. For whatever reason I will play and replay music by the same band for quite some time until I get all of the creativity available within the music out, and then I move on. And, I must admit that I get stuck within the music not able to let go and move on to a different artist until I feel my writing is complete and there is nothing else that I can grab from the music I was listening to.

I had a big Fleetwood Mac moment where for several months, I would hear the same songs and new ideas would pop up in my head. Amazing that I stayed within the same songs for several months, but there was just so much I found to write about within that time.

I am astounded by the connection between the music and my writing, but somehow it helps unblock thoughts in my head I didn’t even know were there.

Right now, I’ve been listening to Shinedown. Probably for a week now and it’s helped get my writing which I have struggled with for a year get back on track. In fact, last night I had a thought for a post that was so strong I was tempted to jump out of bed to write it down. Exhaustion won out and the idea doesn’t seem to be residing in my head anymore.

When I draw, I get a lot of the same type of creative movement that I do when I listen to music. I draw and the ideas just come flooding out. I really have to be in a particular mood to draw though so it’s not my first choice.

Reading, on the other hand is a much different animal. I read to clear my head and relax and on occasion a theme from something I have read is worthy of a post, but it’s a direct idea and not the hazy thoughts that randomly come floating into my brain like a dream when I am listening to music.

So, after mentioning what works well for me, here’s the part that has me stumped, I get nothing from social interactions or doing any activities. I seldom find a spark in those situations. It’s rare to find a conversation spurring an idea and it has to be a fairly deep conversation at that.

So, what about you? Have you ever stopped to consider where your inspiration comes from? Are you able to turn it on and off at will by using something like music to get it moving? Let me know in the comment section below. I’m interested in knowing how other people find their inspiration to create.

Wendy McCance

Wendy McCance is a Michigan based freelance writer and social media consultant. Wendy has gained attention as the founder of the popular blog Searching for the Happiness which can be viewed in 9 local papers online, including the Oakland Press. The combination of writing skills and social media knowledge is what makes Wendy such a powerhouse to work with. Stay tuned for opportunities to advertise, guest post and as always, have your questions answered.

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11 thoughts on “Where Do You Find Your Inspiration?

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  2. I find that a lot of my ideas come when I’m walking by myself - in the park and on the beach seem to be two of the best inspirational jaunts for me. My mind wanders as I wander, and I’m amazed sometimes at the snippets of posts or stories or poems that reveal themselves to me at these times. I often have to stop in my tracks and make quick notes on my phone to capture these fleeting thoughts and images before they dissolve into the air again.
    Being in the shower has the same effect for some reason - my mind seems to open then, like my pores do from the hot water, I guess…?
    And like you, music also helps me let go and allows my subconscious thoughts to rise to the surface while I’m drifting along on the notes and chords and melodies…it’s quite strange, if I stop to think about it. But then again, writers are strange creatures, aren’t we? LOL. Great post. Thanks.

    • Sylvia, I’m so jealous you have a beach nearby to access for a walk. I would be doing that daily! I laughed when I read the shower part. YES, that happens with me too!! The worst part is you have to repeat the information in your head until you get out because you can’t just keep a pad of paper and a pen in the shower with you. 🙂

      • Yes, and I’m pretty sure that my iPhone wouldn’t like showers, either!
        And I do love walking on my beach - unfortunately that isn’t something I can do this time of the year…but soon, I hope!

  3. Before retiring from counseling, I would use music on occasions, as this is a very rehabilitative venue. I also sit at the piano, get my guitar out of mothballs, and will sit at my drum kit, in order to relax my mind. When I’m done, I’ll sit at the Computer, and slowly, begin to reflect on my recent experiences. You’ll be surprised as to how inspirational this can be. Thanks for sharing. Blessings

  4. I do my best to simply ‘Love-2-LIVE WELL’ … By Heart-♥️-> with versatility of action-&-kindness of spirit, as I have described. Seems I am learning to be more of a ‘Living Artist’ with time -*- growing in Spirit … by receiving & giving compassion in resourceful-&-instrumental ways …
    that, like music-&-life, extend ‘WELL’ beyond best attempts at (even these) words …

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