There are moments that I have no idea what to write about. Usually, a theme for my blog suggests itself through a talk with someone or something that happens. But sometimes, I simply lack inspiration.
Life presents us with all kinds of inspiring moments – moments that we suddenly understand something or moments that we suddenly become creative. However, sometimes the inspiration just isn’t there. And sometimes the inspiration is there but we can’t see it, we’re too engaged in life to step back and see what’s happening.
I have learned from a Dutch teacher of creative journaling to keep on writing, no matter how I feel about it. Every morning, I take out my journal and fountain pen and spend a half hour to an hour writing about anything that comes to mind – thoughts, events, dreams of the past night. And then also, sometimes I don’t know what to write about.
That is the moment that I take out a box with 100 little cards. On each card, I have written a word. For instance: Inspiration. I pick a random card and write for 10 minutes, writing anything that comes to mind about the word. By that time, I’m back into the flow of inspiration, insight, and creativity.
Another way to do this is to collect cuttings from newspapers and magazines – words, quotes, pictures or entire stories. Keep these in a large folder and take one out when you need inspiration for writing, painting, or simply thinking.
This will feel contrived at first. But once you get used to it, it’s a lot of fun and brings you to all kinds of new places!
How do you inspire yourself?