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Where do you find inspiration?

by Jonathan Hilton Day 52

Sometimes writing is as easy to concoct.  Much like a rain drop falling to the Earth, your 181129216233675879_jrZJ8Ysk_cwords seem to have no choice but to be written. There is very little struggle and those are the topics, projects, articles and posts that make publishing your thoughts fun and exciting!

Unfortunately there are going to be some days where finding the words is like driving down the road and having it turn into a dead-end right in front of your eyes. You begin with a promising thought but it quickly plays out and you have no choice but to turn your mind around and start over again.

So do you quit or do you persevere? Of course we endeavor to persevere.   The motivation you need could be found anywhere and I have found a lot of great inspirations over the years.    These are not cure alls but I do find inspiration in them.

Follow Your Creative Process

The way people create is as different as the way that people dress. There is no one right creative_processway. When I first learned to write, I hated it because instead of teaching me to write they focused on a long drawn out process that didn’t make any sense to me.

I realized a long time ago that it is about your process not the process.  My process is simple and works for all creative things but I use it mostly for writing.  I form an idea or ask myself a question and then let it grow in my mind for a day or a week or until I get to write it down.  Then when I get to write it, amazingly the words are there.

It can be debated whether those words are worth anyone else reading but they are mine and there is no problem creating them.  I follow my process and I always get a post.  You have to find what works for you and finely tune that so that it works for you and you will have a process to find inspiration.

This Blog is Your Blog

It really is amazing that so many talented and inspirational people are just hanging around

Your blog is this place for me!

Your blog is this place for me!

out there writing and publishing posts of motivation.  When I am stuck for a topic or need inspiration, I can quickly go to the blogs I read and find thoughts I would like to expand upon or ideas that I could develop, or questions I want to answer.

I am so fortunate to have so many great role models, and creative people at the touch of a mouse on my computer.  There are too many for me to be mentioning in this small post but I have been totally stonewalled about creativity and read a post by some people and POW!

Inspiration strikes and I am off and writing .  

When you are looking for inspiration of any kind,  to run a marathon, go sky diving or write an awesome post, read some blogs and let their great work inspire you.

Reading is Fundamental

When I am looking for inspiration there is no better place to look than in between the Inspiratonal talescover of a book.  It may just be me but as I read a book I almost become a part of the story.

Also when you read books that provide information, there is a natural questioning that you develop.  For me, not only did I find inspiration in books but also found increased intelligence and in many ways found information that helps me live a better life and to be happy.

This inspiration comes directly from reading books and then simply writing about the thoughts that come into my head because of what I have read.  Sometimes this type of inspiration takes a bit of time, much like a cake in the oven, when it is done the ideas are good but you can’t remove it (write about it ) until it is all done.

People Are Inspirational

We all have a Gandhi type of story to us, if you listen.

We all have a Gandhi type of story to us, if you listen. He is pretty inspirational.

There is something inspirational in every person that you or I have ever come in contact with. Every person has a story and at some point in their life they have had to rise to the occasion, were beaten by circumstance or disappointed by love.  There is a story that can provide inspiration to you as close as the nearest person.

That means that right now there are at least seven great stories right here that could make a great post or even a book. Just reach out to them and learn their story.  All the world is a stage and we are merely players.

“Do one thing every day that scares you.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt

“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” 
― Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night

Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Inspiration waits for you!

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9 thoughts on “Looking For Inspiration

  1. theINFP says:

    There are so many of your posts that I have enjoyed reading. For some reason when viewing your blog on an iPad the avatars sits partially over the comments. Also, I was happy to see the ‘like’ button this morning, for purely selfish reasons I want you to know that I enjoy reading your work. I don’t have your patience when it comes letting an idea germinate, it’s like having a spring coiled up inside. In writing this I think that I will try a different approach next time I create and give myself time to cogitate. Robert :)

    1. Jon says:

      Thank you for noticing the like button. After a few months of trial and error I have gotten some of the bugs worked out and have many of the features from a regular WordPress site. As far as the creative process goes, for me this is what works, and it has never really failed me. But for you there may be a different model that works best. I think that if you feel like you are expressing the ideas that you have inside Robert then that is the perfect formula for you. I think that all creativity is an expression of who we are, an idea we release to see if anyone out there reads it or feels the same way. I enjoy all the likes that I ever get, I appreciate them that someone took the time to click the little button. Thank you Robert for reading and taking the time to comment I am grateful for it.

  2. I find your blog quite inspirational, Jon. Whenever I come here to your blog to read what you have written I always leave in a good frame of mind :)

    1. Jon says:

      Thank you so much Michelle, I try to write the most positive things I can think of to remind myself about how I should live my life. Hope your widgets are all working. :-)

  3. Purnimodo says:

    OH MY GOD…. I so so so love that song!! I always send it to friends on their birthdays or if if someone needs a little cheering up. (Or if silly moi needs a bit of cheering up)

    I’m not sure who said.. could be an old Dutch teacher of mine bu he said something along the lines of “when reading, the reader writes together with the he writer”. I sometimes have discussion with my dad about the nature of words and whether language might be some sort of strange organism or not. I think you are part of the stories you read.. and remain so long after you have read the book.

    As usual wonderful post. You’re blog is a true ‘bacon’. Thanks for always being so inspiring and cheerful. I can always count on getting my daily dose of smiles from your blog!

    1. Jon says:

      Thank you Purni, when I see your comments, I start smiling before I read them and continually throughout and even after. You my friend are a “Bacon” in the world. I love the idea that words are organisms that have a life of their own, to each person there is a vision that comes to mind or a meaning that we think of, that often times is ours alone. You are such a positive force in the world, I am not sure you know how much potential you have to touch lives in a positive way. You should be doing something that changes lives, because you have the ability to make my day with just your words written in a second language. That is powerful. Your word organisms have super powers. Thank you for making my day!

  4. MissFourEyes says:

    Inspiration is everywhere! (except when you have writer’s block, then it feels like it’s nowhere)
    I find mine in books. For some reason whatever I end up writing about after being inspired by a book has nothing to do with anything I read. I find this odd. I’m so much more productive, with anything, when I’m reading a book on the side.

    1. Jon says:

      I find that to be true as well, when I am reading new ideas are always sparking and flowing. I am sure you have never had writers block. :-) Thank you for reading and commenting my friend. It really does make my day. Even though today is pretty awesome in its own right. You just make it ten times as much!

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