I found a new place to sit and write tonight. I was sort of forced to, in a sense, since the library closes in one hour (its 6pm on a Saturday night as I write this). That kind of bothered me when I first found out about it, especially since it was last night, and I was still typing away when a voice announced that the library was closing in less than thirty-minutes. Still, I managed to type out two new blog posts and I formatted a few others on the site. And tonight, as I was walking through the commons area, heading back to my dorm, I found this bumpy sofa sort of thing and figured “why not give this a try?” Tonight, I sit aside a large window that reveals the main area of the campus and the recently hung lights have only now turned on. It’s a rather serene, beautiful place to be. I may have to sit here more regularly.
Inspiration is a fickle thing
Often, I find myself most inspired to write when I sit in specific areas. More often than not, those areas are calm, quite places where I can simply allow my mind to wander wherever it feels fit. When I want to create something that I know I will love, I must be in a place where I can take my time. If I rush it, the shot won’t turn out. But on the same side, if I wait too long and miss that ideal moment, then I know the shot won’t turn out then either. Furthering that point, if I want to create a photograph, my ideal location to be in would be nature, without a doubt. Just like with my writing, finding a quiet, serene place to sit and wait is often best for me. Maybe you find your inspiration while walking through the city, dodging crazy drivers, and listening to the blares of the horns. Or maybe you need to be somewhere in-between, where there is just the right amount of noise and activity.
Like the wind, it comes and goes
There are many times when I go out to photograph a location, only to arrive and feel like everything is going wrong. In an instant my motivation, my inspiration, is completely whipped from my body, stolen away from me like sleep stolen from an insomniac. And it takes me a very long time to get that inspiration back, if I manage to get it back at all that day. Regardless, the best remedy I have found is to simply keep creating. For example, I started this blog post off by spewing a bullshit little story about where I decided to sit tonight to write this. I had no clue what to write tonight, despite having a page full of fresh ideas. But as I began writing that story, just allowing my fingers to get used to the keys and my mind flowing in the right direction, I have been able to write this article in which you are currently reading. Pretty cool how that works, if you ask me.
Look around you and take it all in
If you find yourself struggling to find the inspiration needed to create something, try to force it a bit. I go back and forth a bit with this advice, as I know that an artist’s work is not at all the same when it is forced as it is when it is genuine. From experience, however, I have found that when you force yourself to create something – even if it truly turns out to be the worst thing you have created since you were a child – it will help to propel you into success. Your mind will eventually drift into the right headspace and you will find yourself creating work better than what you have ever created before. A little disclaimer, though, is that this will not always work. There will of course be times when you attempt this technique of sorts, only for whatever it is you are creating to turn out rather poorly, such as this article may end up.
I hope you have gained something from this and, as always, thank you tremendously for all your support. Until next time…