:: What Feeds YOUR Creativity? ::

* This post is in response to a writing prompt from DIY MFA Book Club which I wrote about here.

The fourth writing prompt in the series is:

When I first sat down to ponder this writing prompt, I had a hard time coming up with something so I put off writing about it at all. Can procrastination count as fuel for creativity? Unlikely, I suppose.

After finally diving in and giving it some consideration, the few things that stood out to me were my odd interest in the lives of people who were/are associated with historical figures, my compulsive Instagram trolling, and – no surprise here – my love of vast, awe-inspiring landscapes. I’m a very visual person. Not that I am necessarily a visual learner but I find a lot of inspiration in images and seeing how other people live.

I also get fired up by witnessing other creatives living fully in their passion and weirdly, by images of their creative spaces, i.e. where they make their magic.

While I know that writing prompts, such as this one, are a common and popular tool for getting the juices flowing, I haven’t allowed myself enough exploration to see if it could be a good resource for me too. The closest I’ve come is half-finished sentences when I pause or take a break from writing that I have to complete when I return to working.

Okay, I’m procrastinating again. I’m off to work on my manuscript! (Right after I check Instagram.)

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3 comments

  1. I think a lot of people are inspired by visuals – look at how in addition to Instagram people are drawn to Pinterest.

    I think creativity can come from a lot of places even when it isn’t our preferred modality. I find even though I am not an auditory learner I am inspired by audiobooks and podcasts lately.

    Have you reflected any more about your process? Do you get inspired when working out?

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    1. I agree. I find so much inspiration on both Instagram and Pinterest. In response to your question, no, I haven’t. And honestly, working out in the forms of CrossFit and running don’t really feed my creative side. However, being active outdoors does!

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