Inspiration can often be elusive...
Your cursor blinks...
The cursor tirelessly waits upon the vast emptiness of a white screen... for the words that never seem to manifest.
The pencil hangs, almost forgotten, from your hand as you stare at a pristine sheet of drawing paper, so full of possibilities, yet still imposingly empty...
Your mind whirs and whirs, spinning traction-less as vague wisps of ideas fly fleetingly by, on into the void.
How can we find inspiration when none is to be found?
This is a question that has haunted creative individuals through the ages. Perhaps a lack of inspiration is haunting you now? Or perhaps a dearth of inspiration has been an unwelcome companion in the past? So what can we do to find it? To find a spark of an idea when we need some inspiration to get going on a project, or to keep us on course, to help us meet a deadline, or even to get us through a grey day?
The simplest way is just to start.
To pick up the pencil and put a line, any line on the paper. To pick up the paintbrush and lay in a bit of color here, and there, until the creativity flows. To type a word, any word at all, on the page, and then another, and another. Write until the page fills up with words, and sentence fragments that will start to form real sentences, that turn into paragraphs, that build up into pages.
But what if none of that works?
What if you just feel like you are hitting a brick wall every single time you try?
If that's the case. Then it is time to dig deep, but not in the soul-searching-root-of-everything way you might be worried is necessary. No. To find inspiration it is often most helpful to step away, for just a moment, from whatever you are working on. As you disengage from the task, give your mind a moment to stop grinding the gears, allow your mind to clear.
Surprisingly, walking away, so to speak, wether it actually be physically stepping away from the area you are working, or simply taking a mental retreat, can be the most effective way to find inspiration for the project. But why would this work? Why would inspiration finally come to you when you set aside the project for a few moments? It seems counter intuitive.
It all has to do with pressure.
The answer is that when we step away for a moment, we take away the pressure of having to come up with the magic creative spark of inspiration for the perfect idea. More often than not, it is simply the pressure of having to come up with an idea that blocks us from finding inspiration. When the pressure is off, our minds are suddenly free to be creative, to allow random thoughts to drift across our consciousness. Random thoughts are important. They often suddenly transform into the spark of inspiration we were looking for. A random thought, when applied to the project we had been working on, struggling with, only a moment before, often doesn't seem so random anymore - it is the inspiration.
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