“Truly creative people care a little about what they have done, and a lot about what they are doing. Their driving focus is the life force that surges in them now.” — Alan Cohen
We often say we are inspired by an artist or a writer, often by the gifts left behind of well-known deceased creative geniuses. I don’t mean that we live and breathe the work in such a way that we wish to copy them. I am talking about a creative spark, one that sends us into worlds of our own creative talents.
As a collective, artists draw inspiration from one another. A painting may evoke words, and the written word might stir visions of other art forms. I find it fascinating that as an eclectic group, we can inspire and support one another. In a sense, we are muses to one another.
Our work often resonates with others and theirs with us. Sometimes, a single word, phrase, image, or idea sends us sailing into the recesses of our minds, and we can not emerge until our creative endeavor is complete. The most unique thing of this is that our finished product is nothing like what stirred it into being. A tiny seed of inspiration can birth amazing results.
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying that creativity breeds/feeds creativity. I read in (I think) one of Julia Cameron’s book on creativity how artists feed themselves with other artistic measures. For example, a writer might dabble with photography or maybe a sculptor plays around with composing music. How many creative people do you know that only work in one medium? I have delved into just about every fiber art (quilting. knitting, crochet, embroidery) I’ve ever been introduced to. I’ve tried my hand at many things, but unfortunately have mastered none! I dabble a bit with photography though I haven’t a good eye or a steady hand. Still, those things inspire me to write and to create other forms of art.
As bloggers many of us use visual, word, sentence, or theme prompts to get the creative juices flowing. Hundreds of people can use the same prompt and no two works of art will be the same. I love to use paintings by Van Gogh to tell a story in poetry.
How often do you read something by another blogger and think how it resonates with your soul? Don’t let it go. Take that opportunity and write out what it pulling at you, just go with the flow and see where it goes. How often do you read something, and feel the need to put in your two cents worth? Go for it! I don’t mean rewrite the article in your words, but write out your take on the subject matter.
Personally, I enjoy taking a word or a theme and writing an essay, poem, or story. I am considering, that is if people are interested in it, starting something next year. I’ve developed a list of prompts that if post one a week will take us out almost two years. These are the sort of prompts that will conjure memories to write nonfiction, can kick start short fiction, or inspire a poem. If I do it, I’d do it with some sort of link up because it would be too much work to personally add all of the links. However, I have no idea how to install Mr. Linky. Anyone out there know how to install a link widget on a blog post once a week? Is it too much trouble to keep up with? Just looking for feedback. Tell me if you are interested.
To give you an idea of how we inspire one another, yesterday I read a post on another blog. It was a great read, and the very first line gave me a vision of a poem I wanted/needed to write. So, this one post not only entertained me but inspired me to write something. See, we both win. The poem (today’s post) is on my poetry blog, and there I will direct you to the post that inspired it.
As writers, we have the calling and opportunity to touch lives, why not do it?
“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.” — Albert Einstein