Inspiration for creative endeavors often comes from the most surprising places. This holds true for many art forms, including writing. How many of us have seen something or had a random thought that has lead to new writing? During these moments our focus shifts to the creative process, concerns about the past and/or future fade away and the joy of being in the present moment of creation takes hold. What a wonderful place to be this is.
When I find myself in this place of bliss my confidence and enthusiasm soar. Gratefulness and appreciation fill me up and I feel a sense of strength and calm. In these moments I am convinced that creativity is food for the human spirit and starvation for stress and anxiety. It seems natural, holistic, and invigorating. My thirst to write is unquenchable and my pen runs like a steam locomotive.
Now, I've heard many times that if you want to be a good writer then there's one thing you must do-read! Every writer that I know loves to read, me included. Books have the ability to transport us to places and points of view that can change our perspective and add to the quality of our lives.
When I find myself reading a complicated, detailed, creatively woven, very well written tale I sometimes feel intimidated and tell myself never to pick up a pen again. Then I remind myself that we're all different and bring to the page what we were meant to bring and I begin to write again-just a momentary loss of purpose and I'm back on track.
Just as I get going again and when I begin to think I might have a mediocrity of writing talent, a book comes along that steals my confidence and I find myself intimidated again. Perhaps this is part of the process and helps us to become better writers-striving us to take it up a notch each time.
What do you think? What is your experience with inspiration or intimidation?
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