Friday, March 16, 2012

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 comments:

  1. Enjoyed reading this post by Sylvia. I too like to surround myself with inspiration.

    Misha, I have tagged you on my blog.

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  2. Novel brain :) LOL. I suffer from that a lot too, to my husband's detriment.

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    1. hehehe my husband still can't get used novel brain, no matter how often I explain it :)

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  3. Great post! I see everything as a writing tool too - there are so many things that are definitely inspirational. Have a great weekend! :)

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    1. thank you Amy! :) yes there are so many inspirations around. Thank goodness for notebooks :)

      have a great weekend too!

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  4. Wonderful guest post!

    Thanks Sylvia for letting us into your creative process!

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  5. Novel brain! I've never used that excuse for ignoring my husband but I'm definitely going to start, heehee. :)

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  6. Wonderful post! Always a great pleasure reading about others stuck in "Ink Land" Would be lost without my little pocket notebook and post-its :)

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    1. oh me too! of course I am totally random with my notebook writing, so I often am stuck finding a certain page. Not having it would be worse!

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    2. ps I used to have post-its but my cat loved walking around with them way too much :D

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  7. To get my creative juices flowing, I listen to music.

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    1. yes! music is a great engine behind my work :)

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  8. Scrambling around for paper . . . that sounds familiar. LOL. Why does it always seem like there isn't any around when the good ideas strike?

    Great post!

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    1. thank you, the golden eagle! :) and yes! I really don't understand why paper chooses to hide when I have an idea :D

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  9. Lol--my kids swear I have novel brain all the time. Teehee, they're almost always right.

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  10. 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!

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    1. me too, believe me!!!! Your conversation with your husband sounds like one I could be having with mine :D

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  11. 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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    1. thanks for your response, Rek!

      Mine would reveal a lot of characters running around wreaking havoc :D

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  12. Thanks Sylvia and Misha for a great post! It was lovely reading about your process Sylvia.

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    1. thank you Nas, very happy you liked it :)

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  13. I go for a run. It works every time. Talk about a great incentive to go running. :D

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  14. I love your different approach to what others would call distractions. It is all about creativity and I think daydreaming is so crucial to a writer's life.

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    1. I agree. Daydreaming is essential in fact. If you don't then you won't have much to write about before long.

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  15. Daydreaming is vital to writing.

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  16. I blog about finding inspiration in life, details, people, books, TV, etc so this post seemed just right for me! Thanks for sharing, Sylvia and for hosting, Misha!

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    1. :) this is awesome, Jenna :) happy we connected!

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