I thought I’d try another interactive post. (hopefully) The bulk of this post will be hammered out in the comments.
Where do you find it?
How do you know where to look?
Where do you keep it once it has come to visit?
what does it look, smell, taste, sound, feel like?
How do you encourage it to come back?
In My Experience
Deciding “I’m going to be inspired starting….now” never works. It happens when it happens. You can’t force it to show up or make it appear in certain ways. Doing so would be about as fruitful as catching smoke with a butterfly net. (Photo credit.) It is what it is and it will come and go as it pleases. Often I come up with ideas at the most inopportune times: while engaging in a conversation from which I cannot easily untangle or when I’m in a situation in which it is difficult to take a minute and write down what I’m thinking.
It sometimes takes unexpected paths. That’s ok. Detours can lead you to incredible places. Don’t worry about where you were supposed to go or where you will end up. Enjoy the journey.
Ideas travel in packs. When one shows up more often follow.
Write it down. Most importantly: be sure to jot down moments of inspiration as soon as possible. One of the most frustrating things about writing is when I forget something just before I’m able to commit at least a few words of it to paper.
What do you know of inspiration? What inspires you? How do you collect and manage new ideas?