7 Ways to Summon and Capture Your Inspiration

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Creative work needs inspiration, depends on it. When the inspiration muse is shy and doesn’t want to come out or you scare it away, what can you do?

Blockages can happen in any creative process. While you probably cannot prevent them from occurring, you can prepare for them.

We know a writer can stare for hours at a blank document without writing a single word. That’s called the writer’s block.

Let’s take a concrete example. Writing a book is not the same as writing a blog post, but we know bloggers get the writer’s block too. As a blogger you need to find fresh ideas for blog posts to keep a regular rhythm of posting, but sometimes you come up empty in your attempts to find new things to write about.

What if you already have a list of ideas to work with compiled during previous moments of inspiration? That would prevent a blockage, wouldn’t it?

I found seven ways to summon inspiration (in reality prevent blockages and increase the likelihood of becoming inspired frequently) and capture it, but please add your own observations on the subject in the comments below.

Let’s examine these seven tips, one by one:

1. Don’t Interrupt a Creative Flow

Inspiration may not come often and won’t stay for long. Which means you’d better make the best of it when it strikes. Anything you can do to help? Yes, don’t interrupt it to take care of your daily chores!

2. Write Down Your Best Ideas As They Happen

Don’t rely on your memory, it will fail you. Any great ideas you find or think of, write them down. I have both a journal and a computer file for capturing these ideas. A hand-written or hand-drawn idea imprints in your memory better, but in a computer file you can search for keywords. That’s why I use both.

If you have a perfect title for a blog post, but no content yet, write it down. If you have some draft ideas for an article, but no title, also record them.

3. Read

Ok, the previous two points show you how to capture inspiration when it comes. But what if it doesn’t come when you need it? That’s a fact actually: inspiration and creative flows cannot be scheduled. But certain activities favor the occurrence of inspiration moments.

If you are a frequent reader of materials related to topics on which you need inspiration (books, articles, quotes, even comments), you will find enough ideas to work with.

4. Pay Attention

You can find inspiration in a regular conversation, in life events, nature, music or art. Just pay attention! And allow yourself to think outside of the box.

5. Look For Questions Instead of Answers

This is an important one. Most people look for answers to their questions. Creative people look for unanswered questions. Then they fill in the void. A creative person will always have more questions than answers. Don’t be upset if your child asks a lot of “stupid” questions. It’s how they learn.

6. Research

This is related to reading, only much more focused. You already know what you are looking for, and you want to see different opinions, approaches, details left out, where demand is, etc.

7. Meditate / Rest

Sometimes your mind is simply overwhelmed and needs to relax in order to function at the highest parameters. I have some of my best ideas while I rest in bed or day-dream.

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9 Comments on 7 Ways to Summon and Capture Your Inspiration

  1. Hi Adrian. Don’t interrupt a creative flow. How true. And I have a journal full of ideas. For almost ten years I’ve sat down every Monday to write a newsletter if I am not away from home. This consistency means I know to be prepared to write. So all the items on your list there are critical to having something at hand when you need it.

    I also believe having a regular routine or practice, or a block of time and it’s on your schedule so you see it, also help keep the creative juices flowing.

    It’s the one thing I would add to your list, though it is implied in a couple of them.

    Awesome work.

    Love it.

    Nick

  2. Thanks Nick! Yes indeed, our brain loves routine. And if we have good habits, it will have a positive impact on our activity. We don’t need time to decide (or procrastinate, change our minds), routine comes on auto-pilot.
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  3. Start: creative flow—-> mommy I’m hungry—> feed child—> back to creative flow —> where was I now???
    Sometimes we can’t not interrupt the creative flow. I try to think about what it was that triggered that creative flow. That usually doesn’t work. Just getting into the regular routine sometimes leads you to that trigger again or you can keep writing while tending to the matter at hand. Yea, right! Lol

  4. By the way. Excellent post, Adrian.

  5. Haha, lucky (?) me I don’t have children then! It would certainly be difficult (from what I see at my nieces), but maybe children can be taught not to interrupt when you’re “at the office”. Although that’s a little blurry when you work from home. Another possible method (in the likely event the first one fails, lol), would be to say “in a minute” and write down a few words that would remind you where you were before the interruption. This way you don’t have to rely on memory to remember your flow of thoughts. I’m just guessing here, since I haven’t truly faced this situation. Thanks for your comment, Judy!
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  6. Great idea, Adrian. Thanks!

  7. You’re welcome! It was a great example on your part of stuff that might interrupt us right in the middle of our creative flow and that we can’t easily disregard. I’m sure there are others… Like someone dropping by surprisingly? Working from home has its advantages but also its disadvantages, like people assuming you are available, since you stay at home.
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  8. Fine post my friend,
    I agree with all of your points; they are good ones.
    I am a poet at heart. Have actually published a real book, working on 2nd.
    I find most of my inspiration just walking around and observing people and what they are doing at the moment, and I always write it down in a notepad I carry with me.
    I like writing short stories too. Getting started for me is not a problem; finding an ending many times is.
    If you have any ideas for that I would be interested.
    Thank you,
    Gary

  9. Hi Gary,

    Ah, I’m not a poet (discovered that really quickly as a boy, when I struggled to write one). I think any advice I would give you, won’t be what you need for writing poetry. But if anyone has experience in this field, we would both appreciate your input.

    Thank you for your comment!
    Adrian
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