What Inspires Your Creativity?

As I knock out this short post, I’m busily spinning the threads together for another post that deals with the three things a writer needs. More on that when it gets published, but part of what I’m writing about is the need for creativity, the ability to imagine things as something other than what they are. And thinking about that put me in a frame of mind to self-evaluate a little. What inspires my creativity? What situations make me start thinking in tangents to the plane of the earth? What influences me to start building a story that goes light years beyond our privileged little planet? And once I’ve answered those questions, how can I make sure to latch onto those things more often?

Knowing what inspires your creativity can be very helpful for being productive in pumping out your creative work. Does that seem like an obvious statement? But I know I’m prone to forget how important it is. When you can immerse yourself in that environment, put on that music, or stare at that image that blow open the floodgates of your creative impulses, you can make the most of the time you spend working.

So, we have a fairly small fanbase to date, but I know there are a handful of you out there who are checking back here regularly. I’d like you to share with us what inspires your creativity. Whether you’re a writer, a musician, a woodworker, a programmer, or whatever you do that’s creative, tell us about the things that get your creative juices flowing.

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7 thoughts on “What Inspires Your Creativity?

  1. I’d have to say that what inspires me is often “the way it ought to be.” Not that I would write Utopian societies; in fact, I rarely write about dystopias or utopias.

    More that a world has danger and adventure, discovery and hard times, because I think it captures the imagination of all men. It’s especially potent among myself and my good friends, because we all seem to be chained to a desk nowadays. Not that I’m complaining about my job! I’m actually quite happy with it, and even after years I look forward to each day.

    But where is the danger? The need to prove oneself against evil, against the elements, against circumstances that would break lesser men. That is what makes me come alive. And that, I believe, is the way it oughtta be.

  2. Honestly, I have never thought about it. I think I just come up with an idea and go with it, developing as I go.(That’s the writer’s perspective)I don’t think I have an environment that makes my creativity flow. The only small possibility is that I get my ideas from my dreams (which are exceptionally weird) or fictional books I am reading. Sometimes I link what I read to what I was listening to at that time. But that’s irrelevant.

  3. This is an example of exactly my purpose in this post. If you have a ceative venue, be it writing, visual art, music, whatever, it’s important to know what inspires you. Knowing helps you to build an environment where it can happen more naturally. But as you’ve just said, you don’t really know what it is for you. I suspect that’s the case for a lot of people.

    My advice to someone who doesn’t know what really inspires them is to keep a means with you to write down when something strikes you. A new idea pops into your head, write it down, and also write down what you were doing when it struck you. You may fnd a pattern develops, and then you can use that.

    Thanks for chiming in. I liked what you said about dreams. I have two different works in progress that started with dreams I had. They can be an amazing source of inspiration, as they are often built in the most creative parts of your brain.

  4. Yeah, well my dreams can be very disturbing like uhhhh… Mr. Obama stuttering when talking without a speech and later in the dream Luke is pulling kids on a trolley through school. You get the idea… here’s a better one. I had a dream about my band director. I dreamed that he was a gangster. Weird enough for you?

    Though I think I might try writing down my inspirations and why I thought of it…It might work. It might also help me remember my ideas for my books.

  5. My creativity sparks in different directions. I’ve had story ideas while listening to sermons, while concentrating on school work, while driving down the road… the main thread that links the three together is that I’m usually concentrating on one topic, which suddenly branches to the side as my thinking goes sideways. For instance, Crownless came about when hearing a sermon that talked about God stepping down and fitting into a human body. My thinking turned sideways and eventually came to that story.

    Now, to actually get a story written, that’s something else entirely. 🙂

  6. Freewriting has always been my favorite.
    It starts out as just random word associations…but then somehow morphs and you find an idea to latch onto.

    Now to get the proper tone for the story – that’s all in the music. Eh – maybe something to do with where you’re writing too. (I still like sitting with pen and paper…can’t exactly move the desktop.)

    Been too long.

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