Looking for Inspiration

Inspiration comes from many different places and sometimes we don’t feel inspired, possibly because we are overly busy, because of our own mood, or we may simply need a mental break to build up some inspiration. Don’t give up on yourself if you don’t feel inspired- this happens to everyone at times, but it can be turned around under the right situation.

One thing we can do is look to others for inspiration. Take for example, the house in the picture. People come from miles around to see this mosaic house in Antonito Colorado. It may or may not inspire you, but it is definitely interesting. Who made it? That person might inspire you. You may have a neighbor like this person, who does something or has something they are interested in that inspires you.

Often people think of writing as a solitary act and it can be, but it can also be social. One of my favorite ways to write is to write in a group. It is not only inspiring but fun. Sometimes, without even having talked about anything in particular before, you even sinc-up in writing and people write about similar themes. This is always amazing to me, as if the creative energy of one person jumped on to the coat-tails of the creative energy of another person, but whose creative energy jumped onto the other one’s? We’ll never know. Or maybe they just simultaneously had similar ideas. Fascinating! I love it.

But, when you don’t have a group to write with, others can still inspire you. If you are a writer or poet, you might want to read and try to emulate the way a certain writer writes or you might pick a subject they write on and give your own take.

If you paint, you might look at the art of others for inspiration. If you bake, you might watch a show on baking or go through Pinterest and find ideas for things to make or ways to decorate what you bake.

You also can look at people who you care about or people you know around you who inspire you. What do they do that is so great? How do they do it? What’s their secret?

Writing for inspiration today. These are two prompts. You may do whichever you like, but I would say, complete number one first and then complete number two if you wish to do another one.

1.Today, for inspiration, write about a person who you can identify something that is very important to them. Notice what matters most or a whole great deal to that person and focus completely on how they experience it. This can be someone you know or someone you know of and can do a little research on. Write how they experience that thing. This may be poetry or gardening or soccer or praying or decorating or running or decorating (to the max) the outside of their house with recycled materials, or anything important to that person.

What do you notice about how they experience it? How do you know it’s important to them? Show us in what you describe in your writing.

Does this person inspire you? Why?

2. For a second exercise, write about something that completely matters to you and how you experience it. Write this in the third person. Get into the details of that thing that really matters to you. How might others know it’s important to you?

The most important thing for writing is to put pen to paper, to get your ideas down. Even if we don’t feel inspired, it can be helpful to write, maybe just starting with how you feel or what you notice around you. It might be looking out your window or people watching at the park, noticing to yourself and your notebook what you notice.

The most important thing needed to be inspired to write your butterfly is to begin writing.

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Be well. Be inspired.


Liza Wolff-Francis

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Liza Wolff-Francis is a poet and writer with an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College who is proud to have served two terms as a member of the Albuquerque Poet Laureate Program’s Selection Committee. She was co-director for the 2014 Austin International Poetry Festival and a member of the 2008 Albuquerque Poetry Slam Team. She has an ekphrastic poem posted in Austin’s Blanton Art Museum by El Anatsui’s sculpture “Seepage” and her work has most recently appeared in Steam Ticket, eMerge, Minute Magazine, Weaving the Terrain: 100 Word Southwestern Poems, Bearing the Mask: Southwestern Persona Poems, Poetic Routes, Poetry Pacific, Edge, and on various blogs. She has a chapbook out called Language of Crossing (2015, Swimming with Elephant Publications), which is a collection of poems about the Mexico- U.S. border. She loves breakfast food, popcorn and dark chocolate.

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