Friday, September 17, 2010


Nothing like a rainy Saturday

The Loose Bloggers Consortium, is an informal group of bloggers who post on a given topic each Friday. One topic is posted, then each member gives it their individual treatment. The current members are, in aphabetical order:

Inspiration-A sudden creative idea or act; one that moves the intellect or emotions or prompts action or invention

Inspiration, a sudden creative idea or one that moves the intellect..or prompts action. While a sudden creative idea usually comes from within, there are many times an outside stimulus triggers the idea, such as rain. I love to write on a rainy day.  For some reason, the cloudy day, the sudden rush of water on the roof, or the gentle raindrops splashing against the window tends to wrap me in my own world.  A world that usually revolves around the past or makes me feel that I'm alone, no pressures or stress, which frees my mind up for creating.

I read about studies that show stress and anxieties hamper creativity.  I'm not a spontaneous acting person, so when someone wants to debate or argue with me, they will always win, because I need to be sure of my facts and know that it's the truth. Not so my brother and niece, ninety-nine percent of the time they verbalize all over me, then I find out they were, what's the word I'm looking for, lying or verbal bluffing otherwise known as BS. Usually, about midnight that night I wake up and think of all the responses I should and could have made.  It makes me want to punch their phone number in and finally express my thoughts and opinion!

Music can be another outside stimulus for inspiration.  Then there's people who can trigger an inspiration.  My tenth grade English teacher was such a person, in addition to being an encourager.  Many people have a mentor to inspire them, or if you're a poet, the love of someone can "inspire" words.

Certain books can be an inspiration, such as the Bible. The book of Ruth and Esther are an inspiration.  I see how much they accomplished, even with the restrictions of their era, they were able to be used by God. So much was against them, yet they persevered and succeeded at their tasks.

How do you gain your inspiration?  Have you at one time used music, books , rain or a person for inspiration? 


Rummuser said...

I read a great deal. Newspapers, magazines, books, blogs etc. From these I get some ideas, but the actual writing process when I start becomes an automatic one. Please have a look at my LBC post to see what I mean.

Grannymar said...

I have used books, music, people and places as well colours to get me started at times. Photographs are another form of inspiration for me and I try to bring the camera with me every where I go.

Rachel Cotterill said...

I definitely use the weather for inspiration, and I find it very hard to write scenes where the climate is wrong. Perhaps the strangest inspiration I've used is "being ill"....

Judy Harper said...

Ramana-I've never thought of you as and amateur,that's for sure. I'm going to try your method, to see how it goes!

Grannymar-I read you post, it amazes me how you can pick the simple things to create a great post. What you used for your story, unbelievable.

Rachel-Weather is a big part of my writing, and I agree if the climate is wrong, it's hard to write. I'm going to go check out "being ill" on your site. Thanks for allowing me to use some of your pictures in the future! As I commented, I love the England countryside.

Marianna said...

Yes, stress does hamper creativity. A number of things occur during stress that impede the "flow".

I think you'd better hop on a plane, Judy, and come here. Lots of "inspiRAINtion" today. It's coming down in torrents!

Conrad said...

My inspiration comes from spontaneous experience. It is always changing, each day different. Some is by reading, some is by social interactions on blogs. This post served both of those purposes!!