Finding your Inspiration.

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How are you inspired?

Have you ever thought about it?

What drives you do get something done?  Does it take a person, an event, something you read, or maybe a personal experience?  It seems that ideas pop into this jumbled up brain of mine throughout the day.  I hear something or read something or sometimes just sit quietly on my patio in the early morning or the late evening and listen to the sounds around me and am inspired with an idea about something I’d like to write or get done.

I think the key is to listen to that little voice inside of you; be in touch with your senses, and you will be filled with inspiration.  Today we are so caught up in the hectic lives we lead, that we forget to just stop and listen, ponder, think and take it all in.

Try it and you may be surprised

Sometimes just flipping through an old photo album (yes, the old fashioned kind are nice, but even your digital pictures will do) will help you get in touch with a memory that is buried deep inside your brain and is now jolted free by that photo.  Then act on it.  Write that note to your aunt or uncle who doesn’t use email or call that friend from years back that you’ve been meaning to reconnect with.  Or launch a bigger project.  You’ll have to decide what the bigger project is.

For me, a few years back, I decided upon building a family cookbook/memoir to honor my family  — my dad and mom (now both gone), my brother, my in-laws, aunts, uncles, cousins and the list goes on.  But more importantly for me, I felt it was something I needed to do to leave for our children, grandchildren and future generations so that they will always be able to connect with the past.

Now my challenge is to complete that seed of inspiration and see it to fruition.  You’ll note that up above, I said “a few years back,” and that cookbook is still not in print.  But it’s getting closer and I am determined to see it through soon!

What’s your inspiration and what are you going to do about it?

My suggestion is to write down those ideas that are jumpstarted by whatever inspires you.  But don’t just sit on them.  Make the time to complete your thoughts and record them into a journal so you can go back to them later or better yet right now.

Try it.

If you look around you, you may be surprised at where you’ll discover your inspiration.  The important thing is that you find it.

Have a great week of writing, thinking and communicating.  I’ll update you on that cookbook soon!

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16 responses to “Finding your Inspiration.

  1. I like it, inspiration, motivation and completion all wrapped up in one blog post. Thanks, it made my day.

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  5. Great post, Christine!! Sometimes it’s easy–even when spending time on writing projects–to lose sight of what inspired ideas in the first place and the passion behind them. The other day I was talking with another writer and we were discussing some of our projects that have been on the backburner or the side burner or the bun warmer for far too long. Just reflecting on these projects pumped us up and got our juices flowing again. Reading your blogs are inspiring me to get back to posting on mine again!!!

    • Thanks for visiting, Jeff, and for your thoughtful comment. I think it is great when we can bounce ideas off each other and come away with more creativity. You do a great job of inspiring everyone in FWA Palm Coast so keep up the good work. Let’s keep the think tank going!!

  6. You are absolutely spott on. I have been writing and publishing poetry for over fifty years and having surpassed more than nine hundred or so; I remain inspired with mostly the little insignificant things that blossom in my mind.Mostly it is a sprig of an idea coming from a song title, a twitter of a bird, a flit of a butterfly or a clap of thunder. Sometimes I will write down a list of anything that comes to mind, save it for ready reference; then later an idea evolves from the listed words or phrases.It’s fun and rewarding.
    My three books of Heartfelt Thoughts are on the shelf and three more are coming.

    • Jim – so glad that you visiting my blog and enjoyed my “inspiration” post. I am glad to hear that you, too, are inspired by sometimes t he smallest things in our day to day lives.
      I hope you will visit my blog again!
      I didn’t see a link to your blog. Are you on WordPress or on EBlogger? I’d like to visit you if you are.

  7. penniej2

    Christine,
    Your post really made me dig into my mind – but then, isn’t that the reason for posts that pose a question?

    Inspiration. I get it from everything and have notebooks filled with inspired lines, ideas, paragraphs, etc. However, more often than not, these go nowhere, are shoved into recesses or boxes or files for future notice. Sometimes, I may dig through them and think, what genius or how inspired or maybe I can use this in my story.

    I also find some blog posts inspiring. This is a big surprise as I never expected to find jewels on the web. I’m even getting addicted. And I’m also discovering something I lacked and needed badly: Motivation.

    Inspiration alone is just that. Motivation is what pushes inspiration to become something bigger and turns it into a movement, a book, a play, a speech, a stand, a law – I could go on and on.

    You can’t beat that duo.

    Penelope J.

    • Penelope

      thanks for visiting and for your comment. I am glad to know that I am not the only one with notebooks and lists of inspirational responses. Yes, you are right that inspiration and motivation go hand in hand.
      And Motivation sounds like another blog post coming soon

      Come visit again!

  8. Ooh! I so follow your lead with this one, Christine! I’ve been more inspired lately by living in a new environment. My blog really helps me too because it motivates me to constantly have my feelers out!

    As soon as something hits me, I try to write it down in a notebook I usually have, or I’ll write a bit as soon as I get home! I have a document full of ideas for blog posts and creative writing tidbits! =)

    Thanks for encouraging me to keep on! =)

  9. That list you’re creating is a valuable tool. Keep it up!

    C//

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  11. I find my children are always inspiring me when it comes to writing children’s stories. For my novels, I have often been inspired by dreams I wake up from. Sometimes even a stray comment I overhear can inspire me in a directionI wouldn’t have otherwise thought of. 🙂

    • Thank you for visiting my blog and for your comment, Rebecca. An d yes, I agree children continue to inspire us all. Their observations are often very deep and filled with innocence that how can you be anything but inspired??

      Will visit you blog today too! C//

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