Monday, May 2, 2016

Three Easy Ways to Inspire Your Imagination

Imagination is like a coffee cup. One minute it’s empty-the next, it’s brimming with hot, steaming, fluid characters that fill your senses with pleasure. True, you may have stared into the bottom of that cup until the tears burned tracks in your face before the first delicious aroma of an idea floated up.

Okay, enough metaphors and similes. How do you fill your cup with imagination when all you see is the bottom?

1.      My room is filled with fantasy and unusual artwork. Sometimes, when I get stuck, I will just look around, contemplating each piece. What is going through that nymph’s mind right now as she faces the river god? Where will the fairy find herself at the end of the dark river? Eventually, my imagination will take me away and I’ll be writing. I’ve even been inspired by my own mirror.

2.      Take a walk. Pay close attention to everything and everyone you see. The man mowing his yard may just have murdered his wife. The boys playing together could have supernatural powers. Let your imagination run wild. Carry a small notebook if you need to for your ideas, because they will come. Inspiration can flow from the most unlikely of sources.

3.      Join a writing group, live or online, that gives prompts. Some of my best stories were written from prompts. In fact, Writer’s Digest provides writing prompts every week. Another unusual source is an “idea generator.” Use one that just generates one or two words. You don’t even have to use them, just let them inspire you. Let your imagination take over. For instance, the word may simply be “blue.” You immediately think of the shining feathers of a hawk. And you’re off!

These are just three ways you can inspire your imagination. Now go out and fill your cups. The world is waiting.

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