All artists are familiar with the sometimes fickle nature of inspiration. Generally, dedicated effort is more productive than awaiting cosmic flashes of insight, yet a story without spark is generally not a story worth telling. This is why making note of the places, events or feelings that have germinated the seeds of your previous narratives can be useful.
For me, natural backdrops are where a great deal of my ideas have originated. Part of this is because I grew up in a rural landscape. My childhood consisted of wild flights of imagination among an endless tapestry of possibility. As such, immersing myself in the dynamic of wild spaces usually results in introspection conducive to creativity.
Dreams are another arena from which I often draw artistic fodder. My trilogy, The Rules, was conceived thanks to a short segment involving two characters who I knew were destined for each other but that my presence was interfering with. The subconscious' analysis of events and feelings often combines issues and scenarios we would never consider in waking existence. Since I enjoy in-depth exploration of a myriad of topics, utilising the influences of everyday life in these unorthodox ways helps to ensure that my stories are realistic and interesting.
Modern day is rife with distractions that eat away our creative time. As I make a point of writing two blog posts a month, an artist must make time for their craft if it is to improve. Knowing what inspires you and where you can seek respite from the stresses of everyday life is essential to maintaining a place for art in your world.
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