everyday creativity - the spark
The spark of inspiration can take so very many forms - a phrase, a bit of melody, the beauty of nature, a great book, a broken heart. As a writer I’ve been inspired by all of these things but lately it seems that draw many of my ideas from spoken and written word.
Growing up, I was a gangly four-eyed wallflower with my nose perpetually stuck in a book. I was slightly-to-moderately afraid of most social interactions so I escaped as much as possible by reading. As a teenager, I remember buying CD’s, breaking open the case, and studying the lyrics. I thought everybody did that. I thought that’s why they printed them in the first place.
Because I love words, I’m always listening and looking, eager to find a phrase or expression that sounds interesting. It happened today at the post office when the postal worker asked me what all those letters meant at the end of my name. I rattled off my official title as a speech therapist but then quickly added, “Just a lot of letters that cost me a lot of money and took a lot of time.” Something about that phrase struck me as interesting so I did my writer’s work and as soon as I got back to my car entered those words into my lyric idea notebook into Evernote.
Several months ago, the phrase “bad blood” popped into my head. Such a rich expression! I wrote that down too. A few weeks later, I was banging a rhythm on my guitar and tried those words out. Here’s what it sounded like after developing the idea over a couple of writing sessions.
So always be on the look out for those things that inspire creative thought and if you have some time, share what inspires your writing.
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