When the flow of inspiration strikes

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Made in Canva

Being a creative person has it’s good and bad sides. Bad is when you have no inspiration and no motivation. The best thing about it is when the flow of inspiration strikes. Those are the best days. Ideas come flooding in your head and you spend hours doing what you love. It can be writing or anything artistic. People who have these flows coming out only truly know how it feels. Other can probably imagine but they don’t really know how it is. You can’t just tell a person to create something in a minute. It takes longer than that. If you want things to be done properly you should have time to do it. Nothing good comes out of things when they are rushed. You can’t force out your creativity. Sometimes you have to wait for the flow and that’s something an ‘average’ person can’t handle.

Everyone is good at something and for me, writing is my passion. I don’t claim I’m the best because I’m not an author. I just write because I love it and I do it for fun. I especially love writing fiction. I have always had a good imagination. Writing stories was one of my favourite things in school. I always got good grades from the teachers. I got my inspirations from music, movies and daily things. It doesn’t really matter where. I can get an idea of anything. Even from strangers so people better beware because they can end up in one of my stories. OK, not really but almost. Fiction is made up and not a fact of real life. Even though sometimes when you think something won’t be real it actually does happen. I’ve been amazed by some of the characters I wrote about actually do exist in real life. It’s more about human behaviour than a real person. I’m no Agatha Christie so I don’t write crime stories like murder. Even though some of my characters do break the law.

Sometimes when I write a story I get writer’s block in the middle of a story but I get an idea what will happen after the unfinished chapter. That’s what has happened to ‘Teach me manners‘ It’s stuck now because I have written things what happens after the next episode. I can’t post it because the next one is incomplete. This is where the flow of inspiration ends. To create something I need the right moment to go on. If I don’t have the right feeling I struggle to get anything done. It’s not only about writing but it’s also photography. If I don’t have the right moment I don’t feel like doing it. That’s what I realised I can’t be a pro photographer. I don’t have the right passion. I also realised I wanted to do more than just photography. When I do get the flow going, I keep it running. Those are the best times. Having a break from one creativity thing and do the other is refreshing. It’s like taking a holiday and then come back with a lot of new ideas.

I go with the flow when I create something. It’s the same with this blog. I write when I have something to write about. That’s why I don’t want to be paid to blog. When you have it as a hobby there is no pressure to write. If you don’t feel like writing you don’t. You get to do other things and that is freedom to be creative when you feel it. In a way, the flow of inspiration is my hobby and when it strikes I’m glad I’m the creative one.

Imagination comes naturally to me

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I’ve always had a good imagination. In school, I got good grades in writing. The teachers were really impressed. I used to read kids books which helped develop my imagination. These days I get inspiration from movies and television. And certain male actors 😉 I don’t read books that much anymore. I never seem to have enough of patients to finish a book. But books are not the only way improve your mind.

“You people have no imagination!” –Reepicheep (Narnia: Prince Caspian)

One time I wanted to become a writer. I even studied dramaturgy. I wanted to write movie scripts but I skipped that because it’s not as easy as it looks. It takes a lot of time and effort too. Also, it doesn’t pay that much. I found other ways to use my imagination. Writing fanfiction is one. Having writing as a hobby is less stressful and much more rewarding. Getting likes and comments from the readers gives me more motivation to keep going. I write them in English so I get more readers and it also improves my language skills. I don’t post everything I write online. I get a lot of ideas but not all of them get into stories. I really love using my imagination. It comes naturally to me. I do get writer’s block and then I don’t write. Ideas usually come when I don’t think about writing. Then there’s this one-word Daily Prompt. It only takes one word and my imagination runs wild.

You also need imagination in daily life. If it’s neither cooking or planning your day.  I never let myself get bored. I always find things to do. That’s what is good about having an imagination. I notice things others might not. For example, I noticed the outside door didn’t close properly (I live in a flat). No one seemed to see or care why it didn’t. I used my imagination and I found a reason why. Since it’s slippery outside in the yard there is grit on the ground. There was some grain of sand on the doorstep which prevented the door to close. I wiped it with a brush and door closed like it should. Someone would probably have called a locksmith to fix the door. Sometimes I wonder what people have in their minds. Maybe it’s just a lack of common sense or no imagination at all.

For some imagination come more naturally than to others. Unless you have a disease that prevents you from imagining things in your head. Your imagination gets better with practice. If you don’t use it, it doesn’t get better. Having an imagination keeps your brain active. I wouldn’t know what to do if I didn’t have it. Without imagination, life would be boring. I don’t need drugs or any other substances, I have my imagination.

Treat your mind

brain on blackboardOur brain is the most important organ we should treat with respect. Do things that need thinking. Read a book. Watch a documentary. Do the things you love the most.  Anything that doesn’t slow the mind. If we stop using our brains, it gets lazy and the risk of dementia or other brain disease increases. Treating your mind well is also good for the mental health. Especially positive thinking. If you give in when things go wrong, you get stressed. Everyone needs something to look forward to. You shouldn’t stop doing things you love if someone tells you to. What you do with your life, is no concern for others.

As long as I remember I have always done things I like. My mother tried to get me into a gym class when I was a little child but I didn’t feel secure with the other kids. My sister was the opposite. I think she was more like our mother. I was a bit of a rebel in school. I didn’t like homework and the gym was a pain even if I was good at it. I just hated to change clothes in front of others. I was, of course, shy too. I’m always been stubborn and did things that I felt like doing. I’m still the same. If I do things I have no interest in, my brain gets lazy. I have so much going on in my head at once, my mind has no rest. It’s unbelievable how much information a brain can have. Things that you love stays there and you feel motivated to continue. Stubbornness can also prevent your brain going soft.

If I didn’t have my imagination, I wouldn’t be me. I keep my mind at work by thinking about plots to my fictions. That what I love about movies with a meaning. They have complex plots and they tell a lot about human behaviour. I’ve always been interested in that. I don’t get inspiration from books, I get it from TV or movies. I like thinking so reality-TV is not my thing. If I want to rest my brain, I watch a comedy or write a story with no sense. Humour is good medicine for the mind. I can watch comedy shows that came out years ago and still laugh at them. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen The Golden girls or Frasier for example. Some things never get old. Treat your mind with what you love. That’s how I go by and it makes life worth living.