For me, inspiration is fleeting. Some day’s I’ll feel so inspired by a person or a place that the concept of an entire novel will flood my mind. The thoughts of creating a character with as much depth as a close friend scratches at me until I finally scratch it down on a piece of paper. I become a sculptor with words, willfully molding an identity for a faceless person—letters pulsating on the page as a remnant of this figures past, present and future.
Other days, I feel bland. Simple and satisfied with writing down what I’m thinking instead of what I’m creating. Since I started working a fulltime adult job in the world of telecommunication, I have lost a lot of my inspiration. Doing the same thing day in and day out has left my mind dry and baron with no desire to absorb my environment and regurgitate it through my own perspective. This experience has left me feeling—well—useless, considering that my ideal career would be writing. My own passion, the craft I worked so hard at throughout all of university, has shriveled up like a plant left by a curtain-less window for too long. I wish I could say that I knew the 5 best ways to get your inspiration back, but I don’t. If I did, I wouldn’t be making this post. However, I have thought about a few ways that might help if I start taking the initiative going forward. It might be a lot to ask of yourself at times, but at the end of the day, you should be making yourself as happy as you can.
1) DO WHAT YOU LOVE
This might be obvious, but I’m sure I’m not the only person that thinks it is the hardest step to achieve. For a lot of people, doing what you love does not pay very well and that can also dampen your inspiration. I’ve opted to make it a bit simpler for myself by trying to look for a job I like more than the one I am currently in; something more my style where I can be a bit more creative and enjoy going to every day.
2) TAKE TIME TO LOOK AROUND
Like many of us, I am glued to my phone. It is where my reality lies a lot of the time and that scares me a bit. I’ve decided that I want to take more time actually taking in my environment and learning from it. Living in such a bit city and taking public transit every day provides many stories that I can one day compile into a short novel.
Going hand in hand with looking around, I also want to explore my city more. My daily route consists of going to work and coming back to my apartment, despite all the many squares and side streets in the city that I’ve never been to. The main place I want to explore again is my university campus. That was where most of my inspiration came from a few years ago so I’m hoping it might trigger something in me.
4) BE AROUND PEOPLE YOU LIKE
This may seem like an easy thing to accomplish. Of course, why would you be around people you dislike? But I have fallen into the habit myself of spending too much time around people that I don’t find stimulating or relatable in any way. In the later years if high school I decided to take some action and distance myself from these people, and I have been much happier for it. If you get to choose your friends, why settle for people who don’t make you feel as good as you can about being their friend? It’s a bit masochistic and will take a toll on you down the line. Although, distancing yourself from these kinds of people is much harder when it comes to work. My goal is to stop letting their negativity or bad attitudes affect the way I perceive my daily life and the experiences I have during it.
5) FIND A SPACE TO LET LOOSE
Up until recently, I had lived at home my entire life. This may seem like a very burden-free lifestyle, but at times it was very difficult to relax and let loose after a long day. I wasn’t capable of taking some time to myself because there was always someone asking something of me or disrupting any few moments I had alone. This was a problem when it came to sitting down any doing some writing—I never felt inspired because I never had a second to really formulate any ideas. If finding an apartment of your own is not right for you, then the best thing I’ve determined is to find a place where you can spend a bit of time with just yourself. Maybe that’s a library or sitting in a park; whatever it is, it will allow you to be introspective and creative. Now that I have moved out, this has proven to be much better for the flow of ideas that have been blocked up for the past few years.
How do you find your inspiration?