What inspires you?

Recently we talked about how my family always being underfoot has made it difficult for me to be creative, how I need solitude in order to tap into my muse. My muse is an introverted thing, and she needs to be alone in the house with music softly in the background and the scent of lemon wafting from the diffuser, and a cup of black tea with milk and sugar sitting on the side.

My muse took up residence somewhere else during COVID…

But anyway…

Turns out I need to be alone to actually put words on the paper…

But…

In order to be inspired…

in order to find things to write about…

I need to be out and about. I need people, places and things from which to get ideas. I am never going to get ideas from sitting in a room with my diffuser and a cup of tea. I mean, those things might make it into a work, but for the most part, how much can I write about them?

ok- expect a post about my desk sometime in July

I am a sensual person. I am inspired by the things that I can touch, taste, see, hear and smell. When you are a sensual person, you need to be interrupted. You need to be amongst the people. When you are a sensual person who is looking for those ideas, you need to be disrupted. You need some sort of controlled chaos.

Quiet to write.

Distraction to be inspired.

Look at the things that I choose to blog about. I do not get these ideas while sitting in my desk chair, smelling the lemon and drinking my tea. I might read a great comment, or be treated poorly by someone. Run out of toilet paper or talk to my sister. All these things get my brain working…makes me reach for my planner and pink pen and jot down the idea…At the time I write the note I may not know what my post will look like, but I know that I’ve hit on an idea that I can expand…

The toilet paper post of this week- do you know what my note was for that day?

things I did for my family that they didn’t realize

I wrote that note months ago because I knew that somewhere in those words was a blog post. As I sat down to write and thought about that note, the incident from the previous week popped into my mind…

Inspired by chaos and distraction…

Enough about me:

What inspires you?

Where do you get your ideas from?

How do you keep track of the things that you want to write about, paint, photograph, whatever your chosen medium is?

Do you just think of things, or do you need some sort of distraction to inspire you?

What activates your muse?

Discuss

137 thoughts on “How Do I Write? Let Me Count the Words…

  1. LA – Lemon from the diffuser sounds very refreshing – I enjoy orange scents from my diffuser – I love diffusers.
    I’m inspired by walking around our little outport and watching nature.

    And I’m greatly inspired by other bloggers. 🤗

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  2. It is hard to find writing topics from your couch. I know from experience. It’s hard for boring people like me. I get inspiration from things I read, things I watch, mental health stuff occasionally. It was easier when I left the house more

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      1. I can’t count the number of times I’ve scrabbled around for my phone in the middle of the night, desperately trying to record some idea before it disappears forever.

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  3. I understand what you are saying. It makes perfect sense. I, too, need the solitude to write. I get out and about, but my inspiration doesn’t come from contact with the outside world. It just plops into my head, and it can be very fickle.

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      1. I think you are the lucky one. You are producing a daily blog. That’s prolific. And lots of people want to read and respond to what you have to say. I work hard on my blogs. I think they are good. But the response is underwhelming. I don’t invite participation the way you do, but there are plenty of blogs that just put the content out there, and they get good response. Maybe you can give me some honest feedback on my blog. I’ve gotten to the point where I just say to myself it feels satisfying to put my stuff out there. I’m going to produce it from my heart. Otherwise, I wouldn’t enjoy doing it. If it doesn’t register with a broad audience, then so be it.

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      2. I will definitely give you feedback if you want. Here’s the things I have learned. The post you think is great might not be well received. Just cause it means something to you doesn’t mean it means something to someone else. Many people are shy to comment. Give them a reason to comment. I have blog friends who wrote amazing pieces, reflections etc. but all you can do is say “good post” because the post is so good, there’s nothing to add. Ask a question. People will answer if you ask. Show your passion in what you’re writing about. People blogs as opposed to other things for the feeling of connection. Don’t write at readers, writer to them. These are just general observations about blogging…none if this is specific to your blog, but just things that I think about when blogging

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  4. I have a digital to-do list (Google Tasks) that helps keep me organized and gives me a place to jot down ideas. Sometimes all I have is a title, a scripture or an image for a blog post. I then create a draft of the post and complete it when God gives me the rest of it.

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    1. My daughter uses and loves Google task for everything. She says it’s the only way to keep in track. Like you, I need to have a consistent home for my thoughts!

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  5. My muse has a bad case of ADHD! She flits around without a care in the world, dropping ideas in her wake, usually bits of ideas I’m unable to use in whatever I’m currently working on. This is the reason I have four or five writing projects going at once. Sometimes I can force her to behave and stay focused with a notebook that travels every where with me, but not always. I’m pretty sure none of this is my fault 😉

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  6. I post five times a week. Four of those posts are based on prompts from other bloggers. Those prompts focus me and put me in a community who are responding to the same prompt. The fifth post on Sunday is based on what I’ve recently read. The photographs come from taking walks and being in the habit of taking out my phone when I see something interesting.

    As far as what specifically to say, I used to think some muse or imaginary friend was helping with the inspiration since I couldn’t figure out how I came up with those words that I was typing. I now call that inspiration the Holy Spirit. He often sets me straight through the night and keeps telling me to go back and rewrite. When I feel that urging I make corrections.

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      1. It’s why I touch on so many things….everything interests me, and if you read me enough, you can see how patterns emerge….though, I don’t expect anyone to do their thesis on my blog

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  7. Those who really love to write are compulsive I think and the slightest trigger of an idea gets them going! Of course they may not write the piece there and then but the seed’s been planted and it germinates when conducive circumstances, like solitude, a cuppa tea, lemon scents etc allow! 😍 The ideas for me come from observation of daily events, human behaviour and good reading..

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  8. Nature inspires me. Micro-conversations with strangers inspire me. News articles inspire me. Colors inspire me. Whether any of these inspirations evolve into blog posts is anyone’s guess, of course!

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  9. I blog about all sorts of random stuff. And my inspiration is what I do or see at that time.

    I wrote a blog called ‘dear paint manufacturer’s ‘ – it was after a day my grandaughter came for lunch. We had food all over the place, and I was writing to suggest some paint colours – macaroni cheese, spag bol….you get the picture. Or a poem just after a bombing in the UK – and the sadness these people must live through.

    I don’t need to have silence- just somewhere to perch my lap top…

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  10. Sometimes or often lately, dreams motivate me or when I am driving. I write best alone. This week has been very rough for my husband and I. About three times a year, he has meeting with oncologists, cancer shot, labs all in the same week. It has been rough, so writing helps.

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  11. My mind is full. Sometimes the words I want to expel don’t come. I too write best alone or with quiet, but covid and lockdown blah blah blah – then I discovered coffee shop ambiance with background rain feeding through my headset. This isn’t perfect but it’s the best I can do right now.

    Where does my inspiration come from? Everywhere I look…but like I said, it doesn’t always want to be written about. Sometimes my best efforts produce a crappy post or one that never leaves my draft folder.

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  12. “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron inspired me to start blogging. My college best friend gave me the book and said it changed her life and other friends’ lives. Cameron has a creative process that includes walking, prayer or meditation and beginning each day with a brain dump called Morning Pages. I keep a journal and a pen in my nightstand and write three pages longhand before getting out of bed. Any worries, things that need to be done, or ideas flow out of your brain and leave your brain free for more creative thoughts. The other part of her routine is a weekly “artist’s date” where you go alone to a museum, book store or where ever to replenish your muse. I’m reading my fourth book of hers called “The Vein of Gold, a Journey to Your Creative Heart.”

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  13. Hmmm I think perhaps the pandemic has caused many of our muses to go off somewhere on vacation. It definitely has affected mine and just when I felt the darkness ebbing along came the variants to plunge me back into it. But, I am fighting back.

    My inspiration comes from many places, people and things. Reading at times will inspire me. Watching people outside my window will strike a chord at times. Sometimes it’s being in the thick of things and other times it is sitting quietly absorbing a completely different take from mine on one issue or another. I am curious by nature so I cannot nail it down to anything really specific. I like to daydream and I love discussions such as these which also inspire me. 🙂

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  14. You are like inside my brain! Not the lemon defuser, maybe a lavender candle, but everything else is exactly the same. I need no distractions to write and I need interaction to have something to write. It’s been hell, C

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  15. Well, if we are talking about writing for the blog then I need the jumpstart of a challenge like the A to Z or prompts like December Reflections, etc. If we are talking about my crafts and cards, then I get some ideas from YouTube, some from magazines, some from thinking about the person or situation that I am making the art for, some from stamps I have, etc. I love being in the studio, music blasting with scented candles wafting. Gotta get in there today!

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  16. A Chicago Cubs sweep over the New York Mets can send that Muse scampering around third.

    But if the truth be told, I haven’t driven a post home in, four or five years. My forte, politics, ain’t in play. And culture via politics, is consider by many, to be just headhunting, or some kind of sullied small ball.

    So I have been playing Punch and Judy here, with less than exciting poetry, and some single A flash fiction. And it feels so damn Bush League. I don’t want to write for reciprocity, like for like, or kind for kind.

    I don’t want to write for writers, I want to write for readers.

    So I’m trying to find the guts to follow my muse, who’s been flirting around the buzz of public listserv like SubStack and Revue for months.

    Maybe. Maybe.

    Nice post.

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    1. Writing for writers vs writing for readers. That’s an interesting point. And as I begin to overthink it, I think that’s part of the issues with blogging. I know some great bloggers who have no audience and I wonder why…and now your comment….that’s what it is. An elegant post isn’t necessarily what people want to read. Hmmmm…thank you for the inspiration

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  17. With the pandemic lockdown, it has been hard to go out, find inspiration and write about it. So I have been getting out of my comfort zone by trying new things or even learning about a different culture every day. Recently I have been interested in virtual tours and it has been helping.

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  18. That is a great question (what activates my muse). I’m not completely sure. I know early mornings are my favorite time to write. I hate to say it, but have been having a long writers block due to second guessing myself for months and months. On my farm blog, its one of those, what you see is what you get. I don’t feel the same “block” on the farm blog as my more personal one.

    I definitely have a “muse” living in my head. Used to have a pretty good handle on how to work with it….last several years, not so much I do have dozens of posts in the draft folder, I will occasionally scroll back to look to see if anything stirs.

    Love your blog. DM

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  19. Hmmmmm. I think I process very similarly to you, LA. Okay, here we go.

    Everything. Really. Silence and chaos. All inspiring.
    Like you, sometimes from being disrupted. Being shown something I had not seen before, or hadn’t considered before. And, sometimes, from just sitting. While empty, things tend to show up.
    I usually write them down, anywhere that is available.
    Both.
    Life in all of its wonderfully chaotic and quiet aspects, said the extroverted introvert.

    Awesome questions.

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  20. I relate to this so much. I like to walk and listen to podcasts. Someone usually says something that gets me thinking! If I’m on my game, I jot it in notes so I don’t forget. Even quiet walks usually inspire me!🤗

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  21. A calm place , close to nature , when I am not having a bad day then I inspired. Become Inspire I want a stable mental health that day , I can’t work with all the negativity in my mind.

    I actually don’t how to keep track of the things that you want to do.all I do is listen to my heart and go for it , I don’t pressur my self to be inspired because I think this is the worst thing you can do . If you continuously being negative and just procrastinate then I push myself to inspire but sometimes a break is actually good for to start new things.

    Being a overthinker I try to limits my thought now days, I just listen to music and walk(not sad when I have tough days, something strong, happy,). Then my mood change immediately.

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  22. I am reading these comments, and they are inspiring me.
    I am impressed that you don’t edit your posts. I know you aren’t trying to impress anyone by mentioning it in the comment section. I talked about my editing process in my podcast this week. A blog post takes me an embarrassingly long amount of time to write BECAUSE I edit it. That sentence there makes me want to cry a little. Why am I editing myself so much? To be clear, it’s mostly grammar and sentence structure.

    You’ve made me take a fresh look at the way I write this morning. 🙂

    I get a lot of inspiration from other bloggers, the comments sections in other blogs, nature, books, podcasts and so on. With the pandemic, my writing changed too. I began focusing my writing inward; talking more about mental health and spiritual things since my focus turned that way in my life too. We weren’t going anywhere, and I was forced (in a good way) to do those things.

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    1. Comments on posts always inspire me! Makes me look at things differently, or provide a fresh viewpoint. As to the lack of editing….I know I will never get things perfect. It’s a situation where I feel good enough is good enough. I look at others who post really gorgeous blogs, with well thought out ideas and sometimes I wish I would go back and edit a bit more. But I know I would never hit publish if I went down that rabbit hole.

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  23. Many times post write themselves. I get inspired to write and open the computer and voila! A post types itself. Music is distracting to me when I write and I prefer quiet. Mornings are best for me because I get up before my kids (early) and while sipping coffee, I write. Your posts are inspirational for me sometimes too! Or something I read on FB or just because I want to ‘talk’ about something…

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  24. I have a bad habit while at people’s house ‘just visiting’ (my in-laws) i reach for a magazine and read. I prefer words to people. I could write in a hurricane if I’ve got the inspiration. What i do mostly is stream sad emo music and try to connect to a feeling, and write about who would feel like this, why, what happened and see how things evolved.

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  25. Most of my posts and art come from scribbles and doodles in my daily log; followed by replies to other posts; and finally pictures I take (like pictures of pillows and such) to which I think what do I see. Works for me! Never at a loss for posts and words.

    My logs go back 7+ years!

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  26. Such a valuable post – you make a really great point!
    Often, my mind is in chaos when I decide to write. Actually, at times I feel I NEED to write – it helps me to organise and process my inner chaos. I guess you could say it’s cathartic in a sense. Sometimes, it’s when I’m already inspired or when I’m trying to pick myself up from a struggle that I remind myself I’m probably not alone in that experience and it motivates me to put down my words to share.

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  27. I love writing about the senses, how to create written words that transport people into a visual world where they experience the smell, feel, and sound of what they are reading. And I love a good metaphor!

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  28. Interesting post. I’m new to the blogging thing myself. I’m inspired by just about anything. A lot of the time, the post idea just springs up in my head and I just write it. Sometimes, it’s events in my daily life or events in the news and so on.

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  29. Music, definitely. I’m a very contemplative and introvert type of person. I don’t like to be around people too much and I hate to be distracted. I only need two things: music and solitude.

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  30. With fiction, my process is to nail my rear end to a chair and get typing. The ideas tend to come fairly quickly thereafter, as they’re generally floating around in there just waiting for me to sit down and give them access to my fingers & a keyboard. I don’t have a daily (or otherwise) regular writing practice and until I’m in full in control of my time, finding the time to write (and to blog) remains an exercise in frustration.

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  31. Suffering is my muse. Depression, oppression, existential dread and misery in general make up the pool from where I draw my inspiration. Though with such heavy mood it’s very hard to find that creative spark to actually turn that darkness into art as opposed to just wallowing in it. And generally finding the motivation to create consistently often seems like an impossible challenge.

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  32. I gotta get out and experience things to find inspiration. Some experiences can be extraordinary or you can look for extraordinary insights from the ordinary. I use the Keep Notes app on my phone to make a list of new ideas, but lately I’ve started just started entering a new idea right into the draft section on WordPress! Thanks for posting and having this discussion. ✌

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