Tuesday, September 25, 2012

What inspires you?

If you create things - painting, cooking, writing - what inspires you? How do you keep the creative engine running? Here are some of the things that inspire me.

Music. (Big classical numbers. I find I listen and pictures just rise up in my head)

Films. (I love The Illusionist - wonderful film, super plot, glorious costumes)

A walk out in sunshine.

Telling myself I'm having a break and a writing holiday. (I find that giving myself permission to have a holiday often tempts my muse out to play.)

Reading. Another person's magic world can sometimes excite me into thinking of my own.

Thinking of a reward. (That bar of chocolate)

Hugging hubby.

Taking my 89 year old mom for a drive and we admire nature and laugh at something.

Listening to the rain at night when I'm snug in bed.

How about you?



Celia Yeary said...

I love your list. Now if only some of those would work for me. Inspiration is a mysterious thing, I believe--sometimes we might be inspired and not actually realize it. Then we might not recall exactly what inspired us.
This theme is really should help others, maybe not to use what you do, but to be more aware of what does inspire you. I'm not sure we can make it happen--but we can be made more vigilant in detecting those things.
I will try to get a post up, but not sure. We're leaving town soon, and I have two big posts to get in draft form first. I NEED INSPIRATION!!! Thanks---

Lindsay Townsend said...

Thanks, Celia!
Good luck with those two big posts!

I think learning what inspires others is always interesting.

On a different topic - what distracts you?

Celia Yeary said...

What distracts me? Reading blogs and commenting!!! I can't stay away from blogs--I call myself a blog junkie. I don't often comment, but I'll take a look at just about anybody's blog!
Other distractions? Jumping from one thing to another. I've always been known for organization and sticking to the job until it's finished--especially in my working years. Now, because my time is my own, I find I can twitter away an entire day socialing on the internet or reading or researching a topic for fun.
I really work best when under pressure--inspiration, or not, if I have deadlines I work fast and efficiently.

Savanna Kougar said...

Lovely list, Lindsay. I've always been easily inspired. It's only when I'm exhausted or ill that inspirations is difficult to come by.

Nature has become a big inspiration of late. And other people like you.

The good and courageous acts of others is tremendously inspiring to me, and makes me proud of the human race.