How questioning everything you are working on can bring about inspiration
THERE ARE THOSE WHO LOOK AT THINGS THE WAY THEY ARE, AND ASK WHY… I DREAM OF THINGS THAT NEVER WERE, AND ASK WHY NOT?
When it comes to being a creative, questioning everything that you are doing and why you are doing it can help lead you down the path of self discovery and dig up inspirational ideas that help you answer why you do the things that you do.
Why are you reading this?
Go ahead, ask yourself…
Why are you here right now, reading this article?
Now, I want you to dig deep on this one. Go past the “While I was just browsing and stumbled upon this site” excuse, and really ask yourself “why here, in all cool places in cyberspace, why here”. Dig through all the layers and truly ask yourself what drove you here.
I am willing to bet that deep down inside there is some other reason. Perhaps, it is that latent creativity that was welling up inside you, looking for a way out that motivated you to check out this article. Perhaps it is that long period of writer’s block, or that blank scratch pad in the closet that has been sitting there for three years, or your mind numbing job that you find yourself stuck in that brought you here to find some inspiration.
Or, maybe you are still here simply because you want to know where the heck I am going with this.
Hmmm, that’s a good question.
“Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers”-Voltaire
You see, by asking questions about what you are doing and what you are working on, you might be able to find not only the answers but even more ideas that can help fuel your creativity. For example: Why did I throw a Voltaire quote in before this paragraph? Was it because I thought it broke the article up nicely, or did I think a quote from a famous French philosopher would class it up a bit? Or maybe it is because of who Voltaire was and what he is saying with this quote.
First: why Voltaire?
Voltaire was a famous French philosopher and writer who loved to ask questions. He was constantly getting himself in trouble with the government and church because he was forever questioning why things were the way they were. Despite the trouble it got him into, Voltaire would never stop asking questions about the government, the role of religion, and the meaning of freedom. He would later be an inspiration for other free thinkers and even a catalyst for the revolution.
Second: why the quote?
Being the asker of hard questions, Voltaire knew the value of asking them and not just accepting the answers given by others. By questioning every aspect of a situation, one is capable of finding new avenues of thoughts and ideas. Questions, not answers are what brings about change and allows for creative things to happen.
Next time you are looking for your muse, start by asking questions about the creative project you are working on. Why are you doing it? What are you trying to accomplish? Why are you moving in this direction? What comes next after you finish this part? By questioning things, you might find yourself not only finding the answers, but also finding the reason why you started all this in the first place.