Inspiration has no limits, it has no boundaries and it doesn’t believe in there being a specific time for anything. Inspiration happens when it happens. This blog post was first scribbled into a notebook on my bus trip home on 10 November.
There have been times in the past when I haven’t been prepared for inspiration. There have also been many times where I have, and those moments have certainly outweighed the early morning wake ups or late nights because my Muse says “hey, come and play” or typically “take this down, NOW!”
When I was a teenager I kept a notebook beside my bed. This was in the days of many an angst written poem or musing. I’d wake up the next day to a barely decipherable note to myself which I had haphazardly scribbled in the dark. I don’t know where that notebook is now, but I can’t wait to unearth it and eventually share its contents one day! I’m sure it’ll bring a laugh, a frown and possibly tears from reading the writings of the teenage me. They were angst-y days let me tell you.
I don’t keep a notebook by my bedside these days (note to self: remember to do that!) as I will just get out of bed and get on the laptop and type away. My mind kind of yells at me otherwise. I type faster and no decoding of my handwriting is required!
You can never be too prepared for inspiration to strike, so here are some very obvious tips and advice to ensure you document those creative sparks of yours.
1. Keep a notebook in 2-3 places in your house. One by your computer in case booting up takes too long. One by your bed (don’t forget the pen!) and a notebook and pen in your bag.
2. When inspiration strikes, ANSWER. Even if this means scribbling away in meetings (guilty!), in the dark or on the bus.
3. Use the audio memo function on your phone. Get those words out wherever you are!
4. Trust that your muse knows what he or she is doing and that the call to action is for a good reason. Don’t grumble at 3am, just get writing. Too often I have forgotten having though, “I’ll definitely remember this in the morning!". Chances are, you won’t.
5. Every creative burst is worth writing down or typing. Even if it just an empty out of your brain. Try journaling at night before bed like so many people do. This is a great way to deal with the day’s events and get clear before your sweet slumber.
I muse over my scribbled notes during times of resistance and procrastination, and I encourage you to do the same. They are valuable, as are you. Remember: they don't have to be polished and perfect nor do they have to make sense, yet. Allow your words to flow and they won’t fail you.
Do you have some writing tips to share? How does inspiration come to you? Do you plan what you write or go with the flow? Let me know in the comments.
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