26 April 2011

Struggling for Inspiration

I've been creatively uninspired for months now. Aside from one adapted short story, I've produced nothing of worth since last November. None of my usual tricks seem to be working to refresh the creative well, either. I blame the weather. No, seriously. So far this year, we have had a single day where the temperature topped 60F--and I wasn't even here to see it. Okay, I was coming home from a visit to one of my dearest friends who happens to live in NYC, and we did have a couple of reasonably sunny days while I was there, but it doesn't appear to have been enough. Funny thing is, I'm not a sunshiney person. I like the rain. I like the overcast skies. But, frankly, even I am fed up with them. I'd swear it's still winter here, except the crocuses are done blooming and the cherry trees are finishing up, too. Theoretically, that means it's spring.

::glances outside::

Yeah. Not so much.

Usually, a change of geography will jump start my creative brain. I figured I'd be all over my computer on the flight home, or at least once I got home. Again, not so much. So I must force myself back to the grind, which shouldn't be such a trial because I enjoy writing...when I'm actually writing.

If you have any tips or tricks that work for you, I'd love to hear them. I can't control the sun and my vacation has yielded nothing but happy memories and a few photographs. What do you find helps you out when you're stuck on the slow boat to meh?


-jen said...

No ideas for you. I've noticed my creative flame diminish as well. It burned brightly at the beginning of the year, but something side-tracked it for a while.

I am heartened at the fact that just a few days ago, I felt an ember crackle. Perhaps it will spark the flame again soon. Ideas are slowing starting to trickle back into my mind.

I know you might laugh, but give some thought to a session or two of tanning (with copious amounts of sunscreen, of course). Call around to a few places and see if anyone has a bed that can come close to full spectrum light (that's what you want to improve your mood and fill you full of healthy Vit D). I don't think anyone around here offers a full-spectrum bed (I'm seeing a business idea for Seattle!), but some might come close.

Maia Strong said...

I think you're onto something.Some full-spectrum sunlight would be very nice, indeed! Despite my NW nature, I *am* a fire sign, and it seems my fire needs rekindling.

Glad your creative processes are stirring. Perhaps we should get together again to stir up some more--and maybe a few cocktails...with stirry sticks, of course. ;)