Friday, October 19, 2001
I was thinking about a comment Brian made to me last night, that he had to inspire himself. It got me thinking about the nature of inspiration and that it really is spontaneous. I used to get mad at myself when I couldn't write the poem I wanted to because I thought I was doing something wrong. That I wasn't doing the things to put myself in the creative/emotional space I needed to so I could write. Now when I think back I realize there wasn't anything I could have done differently. Usually sparks come when we least expect them, a flash of a poem or story, an image you want to draw, etc. Trying to force something, in my opinion, never works. That's not to say waiting around for something to come is the answer either. I want to write so that's why I keep a journal here and on paper, because it's writing practice. I do agree with the people that say if you want to be a write then write a little every day whether you think it's crap or not. And I think having a creative space is important, a space where you have things that inspire you around, pictures, words, music, whatever. Of course everyone's creative space will be different, and I think it's also important to realize the distractions we let ourselves fall into that stop us from doing what we want to do (for me it's usually television or getting sucked into the web).
Anyway, I didn't mean for this to sound like instructions on how to be creative, I just wanted to voice my thoughts on creativity.