How reading the news can bring your muse
"SUCCESSFUL INNOVATORS RECOGNIZE THAT DISCOVERY OF GREAT IDEAS COME FROM LOOKING AT THE SAME THING AS EVERYONE ELSE AND OBSERVING SOMETHING DIFFERENT."
The newspaper is loaded with things that can help light your creative fire. From local sports stories to global events, reading the newspaper can help you find your muse in events and happenings far and near. Pick up a local paper or go online and find one, read it and watch yourself become inspired.
“I read the news today oh boy”—Lennon/McCartney
Extra, extra read all about it. If you are looking for sources of inspiration, all you need to do is buy a local paper and take a look inside. That’s right, our sources indicate that despite the rumors, the local newspaper still does exist, and thrives to this day bringing its discerning readers both local and national news as well as opinions and lifestyle tips. Don’t forget about the comics and the sports section either.
Okay, so some things have changed.
The internet has forced some papers to close and has left others trying to figure out how to provide content to its online readers while still trying to make a buck or two. Yet, despite all that, the newspaper carries on, waiting for you to pick it up and gain some inspiration from it. In fact, because many papers are now available online, it is now easy for you to find articles and stories about people and places far and away. Just do not be surprised if you are asked to pay a little to gain access to the real good stuff.
Ways that reading a newspaper can inspire you:
- Current Events
What is going on in the world today and how does it relate to you? Perhaps a current issue will inspire you to try to come up with a creative solution, or give you an idea for a story or painting. You may even find yourself coming up with a creative way to effect change.
- Local News
What is happening around you? We are, after all, products of our community. Read about what is going on the local level what is happening in your area that may be inspiring.
Read the opinion page and the letters to the editor to gauge what other people in your community are thinking. This might help give you creative ideas that are engaging and relatable to others.
Read the sports page to see how the local teams are doing and to find relevant stories of local athletes who overcame odds and obstacle to achieve success.
Read the obituaries to learn about the lives of those around you. While it may seem a bit morbid, obituaries is more about somebody’s life and all that they accomplished than of their death.
Even the ads can spark creativity. Maybe you will find the name or look of a new product sparks your creativity, or maybe the classifieds will give you some ideas.
Whatever section you pick, you are bound to find something worth reading in the paper. Next time you need a spark to start your creative flame, grab yourself a newspaper and start reading. Let the news help you find your muse.