Thank you so much to Elizabeth from Musings from Neville’s Navel for tagging me today.
1. What is one of the most inspiring thing for you?
Films for sure. I really love watching films when I need a bit of inspiration. I love seeing the different colors of sets and the filming, I love watching characters transform and stories play out and hearing how the music works with it all. Some of my favorite films right now are: Amelie, Ex Machina & Captain Fantastic.
2. Where do you look for inspiration?
It depends on my mood and what I want/need inspiration for. Pretty much everywhere is a source of inspiration. Documentaries, conversations I overhear, music, youtube, video games, movies.
3. When and where does inspiration tend to hit you?
Again it depends on my mood. I’ve found that inspiration goes in waves. I’ll have a week or two of massive inspiration when I start all sorts of projects. And then I’ll have weeks when I’m just able to solely focus on poems or a novel that I’ve already been working on. And sometimes I’ll just be completely empty, this is usually after a time of not being productive when I get depressed and inspiration is fleeting.
4. What is the first thing you do when inspiration strikes?
Well since I work at home usually what I do is make a note of it in one of my writing journals. Sometimes I’ll pull up a word document and try and work a few of the details out. And if I’m out and about then I’ll just make a note of it on my phone.
5. What is the most inspiring book, song, website, et cetera you’ve found?
This question seems a little ridiculous, there’s just too many wonderful inspiring things out there in the world. I think I’ll just go with the first category and name some of the most inspiring books I’ve found. The top three would be Wittgenstein’s Mistress by David Markson, Just Kids by Patti Smith and Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg. All of these books have helped me to become a better writer.
6. What is one piece of advice you would give to people struggling for inspiration?
Don’t overthink things. Seriously, this is one of my biggest problems. When I’m going through times when inspiration isn’t coming to me then I get all in my head and frustrated because inspiration isn’t coming to me. Really inspiration is just a word and in the end it’s what you do, and how you collection the information around you that produces inspiration. So really just take some time to calm down, drink some tea, read a new book, take a walk. It’ll all come back to you.
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