A cliché with many meanings, for me: Get your creative juices flowing.
As a writer or artist, where do you find your creative spark? I rarely find it just sitting behind my computer or camera. I need to get up, move around, observe, experience.
For me, there has to be some sort of connection, a reality-based moment, to branch my works on. Even the most fantastical world is created from some molecules or experiences of reality.
I have said this before, but when I have a deadline and a mind block, I just walk away from my computer. I often walk my dogs, snowstorm or sunny skies. The flows of thought may be illogical to others, but somehow not thinking about what I want to write about breathes life into an idea. Often the idea for a post, a poem, a photo, can come at very unexpected times. And not focus on where I originally expected to go.
If I am not careful, ideas will vanish long before I am able to capture them. How do I remember them, during times that I am away from my desk?
If walking or in my car, I often voice-record them in my phone. Even the gist of it is enough to spit out, create, edit.
I keep small notebooks and pens by my bed for those midnight thoughts, in my purse or briefcase for on-the-road ideas.
Even when mediating or in yoga class, when my mind wanders (oops!) to a kernel of an idea, I will try to write it down as soon as possible or it vanishes.
I wonder—where do fellow writers and artists find your creative moments? And how do you capture your ideas when they come at unexpected times?
P.S. Ironically, though I wrote most of this piece yesterday, the opening line came to me today while lifting weights. The idea of this piece into reality, once again.