Surrounded by inspiration

Hi all! Welcome to another installment of GPF. Today, I welcome my old (in blogfollow years) friend Sylvia. Her blog, Playful Creative, is an interesting mix of her, her writing and some writing tips. There’s never a dull moment, so if you want some fun, feel free to give her some follow love.

Take it away, Sylvia.

One of the most awesome aspects of being a writer is that everything is related to writing. Everything I see, hear, touch or experience can be inspiration to use in my novel.

That is one of the reasons my office, my favorite writing place, is surrounded by inspiration. I don’t do sparse. I love to sit in here and look at all the things on the shelves above my desk, or leaf through a book on my shelves or play with the unicorn that sits on my desk. My office is one big space for inspiration and creativity.

For me, writing is playful and joyful. If I don’t focus on making my writing time like that, I invite in the gremlins called writer’s blocks. They have been around me long enough. Now I just write.

Sometimes I do get stuck though, when I wonder where the story wants to be taken next, one of the downsides of being a pantser. I have enough inspiration around me to get myself into finding that next step. I have found that any creative expression can get me back to writing. The best ideas for a story jump into my head when I am creating something entirely different. And that can be anything. The best is doodling. Nothing frees up my mind for inspiration like mindlessly drawing silly things.

But ideas can strike anywhere. As I said before, everything is an inspiration. That is why I think that being a writer must be quite tedious for the other humans in our lives. There have been countless moments of me going, “That is a great idea!” and then maniacally searching for a piece of paper or my phone to jot down the idea. Sometimes I can get so lost in these thoughts that it takes a lot of patience for the other person to get me in the here and now.

This is especially worse when I am writing a novel. My husband often complains I forget things the moment he says them to me. I then invariably say, “Sorry, darling, I have novel brain, my brain is occupied by characters. What were you saying?”

Of course I don’t hear him then either.

Hahahaha thanks so much for this Guest Post, Sylvia.

If anyone else still wants to sign up for the rest of the year, please check out this post.

So… what do you do to get your creative juices flowing?

35 thoughts on “Surrounded by inspiration

  1. Great post! I see everything as a writing tool too – there are so many things that are definitely inspirational. Have a great weekend! 🙂

  2. Like Traci, I seem to have novel brain all the time. I was talking to Hubby the other day, he said something and I paused, really hoping that his words would filter in. They didn't. After an inappropriately long time, I had to admit “Sorry, I didn't hear what you said.”

    I'm so glad it's not just me!

  3. I love the notion of novel brain…mine tends to be a peaceful co existence of characters from books I love as well. I often wonder what advanced brain mapping would reveal.

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