Creativity Sparks

Thank all of you for the blessing of your shared thoughts, encouragement, and condolences on my blog last week. As I suspected, many others have been in this place of struggling to wrench creativity from the jaws of emotional/spiritual/physical fog. Your suggestions echoed my own, from giving yourself time to setting a timer, to just writing anything to get words on paper (I even decided writing out the grocery list qualified <gg>).

I went through a similar struggle after my mom died back in ’02—and I was on a book deadline. It was awful. A year or so later, as I thought through that struggle, I decided to make a list of the things that spark my creativity. I was surprised to discover that some are simple—such as smelling a fragrance that takes me back to childhood—and many don’t have anything to do with actually writing. But in doing them, I often find scenes or stories or even just the expression of emotions sending me to the keyboard.

I’ve added to my list over the years as I’ve discovered new sparks, and I’m finding that this list has been so helpful to me now. If you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to do the same. When you’re not in the struggle, and even when you are, make a list of your most effective Creativity Sparks.  Then, in those days when you can’t think straight, you have something tangible that can be a springboard. No, not all of the ideas will work during the hard times. But if even one can do so, that’s a victory.

Here are a few of my Creativity Sparks:

  • Sit in a dimly lit room, put on music and crank the volume so loud you feel it in your bones.
  • Go outside and watch the birds.
  • Take macro pictures (what I mean by this is to take super close-ups)
  • Take a nap
  • Watch a movie
  • When you watch a movie, ask yourself why you like/dislike a certain character
  • Fix hot chocolate with marshmallows and savor it
  • Hug your dog. Close your eyes and feel the softness of his fur. Lean your face against him and listen to his breathing.
  • Study the colors of the leaves
  • Float in the pool and watch the clouds
  • Look through pictures on until you find a face you want to write about

If you don’t have one already, why not start your own list today.  It doesn’t have to be long. Just one or two sparks can, well, spark even more ideas. And you may be surprised what a lifesaver this list can be when you’re lost in the fog.


7 Responses to Creativity Sparks

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    Kathy Cassel October 19, 2016 at 5:42 am #

    Good ideas. For me, reading a book with really good writing and paying attention to how the author phrases things can spark me or watching a very creative movie (usually a children’s movie!)

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    Melissa Henderson October 19, 2016 at 5:57 am #

    Thank you for these spark ideas. 🙂

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    Samantha October 19, 2016 at 6:15 am #

    Love this list! Thank you.

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    Carol Ashby October 19, 2016 at 7:35 am #

    I love your list, Karen! Watching the fish in the outdoor pond and the birds that come to drink works great for me. I’d make that hot chocolate the dark chocolate kind. A good cup of chai tea will kickstart my writing, too.

    I’d like to add playing the piano or whatever instrument is the one that your heart sings with.

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    Tedd Galloway October 19, 2016 at 8:10 am #

    Love the music thing. Moody Blues concert at Royal Albert Hall. Macro or micro??

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    Wendy L Macdonald October 19, 2016 at 9:52 am #

    Wonderful list, Karen. Thank you for encouraging us to work on one of our own so we can partake of it when the word well runneth dry. I especially like the macro suggestion—I enjoy the detailed artistry in creation. God’s art rocks!
    Blessings ~ Wendy

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    Sheri Dean Parmelee October 19, 2016 at 3:01 pm #

    My creativity sparks are:
    Go for a run
    Go for a walk
    Go shopping
    Actually, the first two work the best…….but one can always shop!

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