You wouldn’t think you needed to find inspiration for something you love to do. Think again. Sometimes you have to hunt deep and wide, high and low to get just a little something that motivates you to do what you love. No reason to panic about it. You just have to take some time and discover what your inspiration is.
When I began writing seriously, like taking on book projects I realized I needed inspiration. I learned that when I was inspired I wrote better. I wrote freer. The ideas flowed better. Most creative people can name at least one thing that inspires them to do their craft. Inspiration and creation are partners in the creative process. They feed off each other. Since I have been writing, a lot of things have inspired me at different times to write different stories. Today, I would like to share three things that I feel are constant inspirations for my craft.
Research Your Craft
When I first started writing I wanted to find something that would teach me about what was going on in the writing world. I wanted to be connected and knowledgeable about what other writers were doing and how they were doing it. After looking online at different options, I discovered the Writer Magazine. My husband bought me a subscription, I am still a subscriber today. Every month I am inspired as I read about how other authors are progressing in their writing. It keeps my eyes open to the fact that there is hope and I am not out here doing it alone.
Have a Creative Outlet
I have always done well with having a creative outlet. Anything from making candy to my current creation, building a city with my kids. My creative outlets have provided me with a distraction that inspires my mind to relax and be free to create and wonder, while my hands are busy. I can’t tell you how many ideas I have come up with or problems I have found resolutions to in my writing while working on my creative outlet. This has been rewarding in that I get a finished product, and it gives me satisfaction and encouragement to continue to achieve more.
As a writer, I feel it is a must to experience small successes along the way. My first challenge was figuring out what would qualify as a small success. Now, that’s not so hard to do. In the beginning I gaged my success by getting on the best seller list or getting picked up by some major publisher. You know, the things hear some people talk about. I had to think about my own path of success and what that looked like. Though I have always wanted to write from the time I was in high school, I wasn’t practiced in doing it routinely. I count that today as a small success. I have made writing a daily routine. When I finish a blog, success. When I get a book idea and outline it, success. How about when someone says, “I really like what you wrote, “success. When I finished my first book, Lemonade, now that was party time.
The idea of finding your own inspiration is to motivate you to be motivated in your craft. There is work in reaching the goals we set for ourselves. Having inspiration makes that work more enjoyable along the way. Find your inspiration and enjoy what you do.