April 27th 2008 00:12
Part 2: Places, Real or Imagined
Every writer understands the powerful influence our surroundings can exert on our creativity. We all have favorite places where we feel more tranquil, more energized, more imaginative, or more expressive--in short, more attuned to our Muse. These places differ for everyone--and even for the same writer at different times. Yet, they are the places that tend to inspire us the most--to draw from somewhere deep within us the feelings and thoughts and ultimately the words that carry our souls across the miles to connect with those for whom we write.
Real Places that Bring Us Real Vision
For some, it might be a particular room in your home where you're perfectly content and your mind is free to roam, or perhaps a special chair where your relaxation is complete and you’re free to sit back and indulge in grand imaginings. For others it could be a tree-shaded spot in the back yard, where you sit undisturbed for hours with the breeze gently blowing through your hair, while you dream your personal dreams of wonder, weaving fanciful tales of courage and grandeur. Maybe it's your garden, where you dig up the soil, burying your hands in the moist, cool earth as you plant the seeds of thought that bring forth a bountiful harvest of beauty which fragrantly fills the air. Or you might prefer the seashore, where the sound of the breaking surf combined with the crisp salt air invigorates your spirit and fills your heart with high adventure.
Finding Inspiration in Unlikely Places
There will always be places like these, where we know we can retreat, leaving the world and its noise and chaos far behind--places we can count on to gently and quietly woo our Muse. Yet, there are other places, as well--places that bring the delightful surprise of unexpected inspiration. When we visit such places, we may at first be totally oblivious to the internal transformation that will soon occur as our imaginations are touched by the magic of our surroundings. These places are always a delight to discover. And the key to finding inspiration in unlikely places is to always be open to sensing, learning, growing, and perceiving new things--no matter where we are.
Imaginary Places that Clarify Our Vision
Then, there are those places deep inside us that we can visit when we need instant inspiration. Perhaps we haven’t the time or means to visit our favorite temporal places. Perhaps we’re ill or otherwise unable to travel to those locations--physically, at least. Maybe we’re away from home and from our favorite room, or desk, or special easy chair. Yet, wherever we are, there’s always a place right in the center of our souls where we can go and find the inspiration we need to create. Whether we fancy ourselves in one of the places we love, or create magical new realms in our own minds, we’re free to fly there on the wings of our imaginations and drink in the animating power they bring to our art.
Places, both real and imagined, can inspire us in so many ways! So, whatever your place of inspiration, go there--and drink in the magic!
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