When that happens, I start searching for inspiration. It’s not an easy quest. Wine and chocolate can only take me so far. Sunsets are good– though at times they inspire melancholy more than zeal. Travel can be inspiring after time, but it is often tiring and complicated (for me, at least) to write on the road. And, as we discovered last week, penguins are emotional pick me ups, but don’t necessarily inspire novels– at least not yet.
Lately, I’ve been watching someone do something he loves. Seeing him work, watching him create– it has been inspiring in some unexpected ways. It’s not that I’m now driven to try to do what he is doing, but rather I’m now trying to figure out ways to do what I do better. Even in complicated creative situations, I’m now trying to find the positive moments and enjoy the little victories along the way.
What inspires you to keep going? What inspires you to be creative, or productive, or exploratory? Is it something within you, or do you look to external factors for your spark?