How keeping track of those moments of inspiration can help you find your muse
Knowing what situations spark your creativity is a good way to find your muse when it is not coming to you. Take note of the moments of creative inspiration, writing it down in a journal for reference later and the next time you are looking for your muse, you know a time, a place and a situation that may help you find it.
You are walking in the park at dusk, feeling the cool breeze, smelling the pollen laden air, when suddenly you find your muse hidden in the long shadows of the sinking sun. “So that’s where it was”, you say to yourself as you sit on a bench and record your thoughts in your notebook, noting where and when you are.
You are a morning person. It is dawn; you are sitting at your favorite coffee shop, sipping a triple shot latte, reading the paper as the sun peeps up over the Eastern cityscape, bringing your muse along with its golden warmth. You open your laptop, click open your creative idea folder and write down your thoughts, noting when and where you are when your creative genius decided to come out.
You are at home, sitting in your favorite chair, listening to your IPod on shuffle when a song from your favorite Swedish pop band comes on. The wall of sound that the band is famous for strikes a creative chord deep inside and you find yourself facing your muse. You quickly grab your notebook and began to write out your ideas as you hum along to “Mamma Mia”, being careful to note what set you off on this creative outburst.
What get’s you in the creative mood? Perhaps, it takes a nice long walk in the park, or maybe watching the sun set, or maybe you are more inspired by the sun rise and that first sip of coffee. Or, perhaps it is not the time or situation that spurs your creativity but some activity. Maybe you find your creative side every time you listen to your favorite type of music, or perhaps it strikes every time you watch a particular television show or movie. Each of us is different when it comes to these creative moments with different experiences bringing about different results. Whatever it is that gets things to click, it is important to make a note of it, so that when you are looking for inspiration you know what you can do to trigger it.
If you have no idea what sets you off creatively, you might want to try to experiment with different situations and keep a journal handy to write down which things help you find your muse so that next time your need to find inspiration, you have a good idea where to look. Whether you keep a log book of your creative moments jotting down every detail of the creative event so that you might recreate it at a later date, or if you simply make a mental note of it, the important thing is that you stay aware and take note of the things that inspire you so that you might make use of them later.