To me INSPIRATION is the most important thing to any creative soul. It doesn't matter what medium you work in, if you wield a blowtorch, a pen or a pair of knitting needles, without something/one to inspire you then how can you create? How many people have muses that whisper in their ears? I will admit that I have one. A 6'5" Scottish warrior, complete with kilt and a sword he uses to poke me with when I'm not writing as much as I should be. Not sure why he is the way he is but I'm not complaining, he comes in handy when writing fight scenes.
I've blogged before about how I find music inspiring as well. I never write without something playing in the background. Sometimes, I use it to bring out a certain emotion that I want to capture but not often because once I start writing and slide into 'the zone', I no longer hear what is going on around me.
But is it the music, or the words that would be more inspiring?
What got me thinking about this in particular is I remembered a time when my oldest was listening to "Pain" by Three Days Grace. I don't mind because it's one of my favourites but after the tenth time in a row, Even I was getting tired of hearing it. Also, I was a little concerned about how she would take the lyrics. Especially considering she is a sensitive 10 year old that might not understand. So I asked her today what she thought the song was about.
For the next ten minutes I listened as my daughter told me a story about dragons, her and her cousins, and their webkins. For each part of the song she has an event how the badguys are dancing around because they think the dragons are dead and then right at the chorus she pictures the dragon rising over a large cliff with their wings wide spread, and the sun behind them. The lyrics didn't mean anything to her, it was the melody that helped her create the story she told.
I'm not sure why she amazed me with this, or just after hearing so much how the kids these days have no imaginations. I'm thrilled to say that my daughter's is very well intact. Not that I was worried with the amount of daydreaming the child does. In fact, I encouraged her to write it down because it would make a great children's book. Apparently she doesn't have aspirations to be a writer because she looked at me funny and said "No mummy, I'm going to make a movie."
Do you have a unique muse or is your source of creativity based on something or someone in your life. Feel free to share what inspires you in the comments.