Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Seeing the Spark
If you're like me, then many times ideas come at the strangest times. Sometimes they hit out of the blue, like a flash or spark. And if you don't pay attention, then they're gone. I think anyone pursuing creative endeavors (like writing, music, art, etc.) has to train themselves to pay attention. You have to see the spark.
I've had idea sparks while I'm driving, or while listening to music, or from a painting, or while watching a person walking ahead of me in the store. I've started carrying around a little notebook that I can whip out and write the idea sparks down so I don't forget them.
Sparks can come from anywhere and anything. And just to prove it to you, here are some things that have tickled my spark. (Let's start a new phrase, shall we?)
Pictures like these:
Previously undiscovered ecosystems. (See this article.)
Dreams. (Hey, it worked for Stephenie Meyer.)
A phrase like "a chapter of loathing."
You can also go to resources like this Imagination Prompt Generator and creativewritingprompts.com for a little more help if you're spark is a little low.
What about you? What sparks your imagination & creativity?