Inspiration comes easily, but not when we expect it. We can spend long periods of time in a dull
phase and then suddenly, we reach a wave of inspiration. The key is to not ignore this wave, but
to ride it. Right down your ideas! If you are on the go, write it in your notes on your phone–even
candy bar phones have a note function. If your ideas are slipping through your fingers as you
write, then use a voice recorder. My sister says that by practicing writing ideas–just as writing
dreams–that we will hold on to our ideas more easily.
This essay is from 2014 when I was really first exploring the way to express my POV to anyone in a dull part of their life seeking a way to jump into their creative world.
I have many tools to write with, and many places to put ideas. What if I were away from my
one idea book? I have been there before, and I have accidentally let go of ideas because I was
trusting my memory with keeping inspired ideas. This is a fault; when an idea strikes, write it
I carry a bag with me with a notebook. I have voice recording and note taking apps. My writer
is accessible anywhere on any smart device/computer. I always have pens handy–not just one,
Cultivate ideas. By writing my ideas when they strike, I have been able to record over fifty
songs in three months. This is the strength of writing ideas.
So how do I motivate myself to cultivate inspiration?
Wait for it . . .
Waiting for inspiration is easy–there is nothing to do, and we can also call this
procrastination if we want to be negative or we can call it collecting experiences if we want to be
optimistic. Waiting occurs in the dull phase and sometimes, we simply have to spend time
collecting experiences to receive ideas.
1. Are you actually doing anything?
2. Are you organized enough to be writing ideas when they strike?
Sometimes we feel as if there is a haze over us. When I feel this haze, I often find myself in
a blue mood. To snap myself out of this and get work done, I do physical exercise. Keeping a
routine of exercise is best. When you think about exercise, do it! When I think about doing
push-ups and how great that would be for my body, I actually get down and do them! Not doing
them accomplishes nothing, and my friend Jenna once said, “Don’t complain about something
when you could be doing something about it!”. That is one of wisest comments I have heard, and
that was about ten years ago!
Go Through Old Boxes
When I am in a dull phase, I can find an old box and trifle through to renew inspiration. I see
the colors, hold the objects, and remember.
I used to have this journal that I kept when I was five years old, roughly. I was able to read it
until I turned eleven. It was so interesting to be able to decipher baby writing and remember the
ideas I had. I also memorized songs at a certain point in my childhood not by reading the lyrics,
but by hearing them. In my late teens, I replayed the songs I had memorized and was amazed at
the words I thought were right, were actually totally different from the actual lyrics. I could not
comprehend Madonna’s Ray of Light album or Paula Cole’s Fire album, so I used a method of
sound replacement to be able to sing along. Sounds can activate ideas.
Talk with Suzanne
This is not the forth method, this is certainly as strong as the other methods preceding.
When I talk with Suzanne, and listen to her, I receive waves of inspiration, and I often write down
notes as we are speaking. She even lives in a different city! Don’t make excuses for not talking
with super close friends because they are not in the same town! Important relationships will be
There is a need to write as well as type. When I am in that dull phase, I need to journal
what I am sensing in my mind. What is on my mind that is blocking me? To flush it out, let’s write it
down and keep it there on the pages.