This is a topic that’s been on my mind a lot lately since I seem to be running short on supply lately. As a Christian, I credit God with being the source of creative inspiration. We’re made in His image and, according to my beliefs, He created every good thing in the universe. So, I believe we’re all wired to create in some form or fashion. It’s a reflection of our origins.
On a more mundane note, the specifics of being inspired can come from anywhere. I’ve gotten story ideas from role playing game characters, signs on the side of pickup trucks, a sentence from a friend, and more than once from story prompts on various websites. Sources are seemingly endless. The key to unlocking inspiration, and the more difficult part of the process, is to stop and pay attention to the world around you. After all, “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”
That’s not to imply that this comes easily. That level of mindfulness can be hard work. My current creative drought likely comes from too much going on for me to be able to stop and take a breath. In our society stopping to pay attention to the “non-essentials” isn’t rewarded. Between work, home life, and tending to the needfuls like eating, sleeping, and bathing it’s a fight to get words on a page, much less to take time out for reflection or smelling the proverbial (or physical) rose. The trick, if trick there is, is to treat this as another one of the “needfuls”.
Whether you’re an “artist” or not, I believe that you need your daily dose of inspiration to enrich your soul/life/existence. As such, we all owe it to ourselves to seek out that which inspires us. it’s as essential to a life well lived as it is to writing that great American novel.