What emotions or ideas are the best fuel in terms of inspiring you to write?
music is one of my favorite things to write about. life expierences, bad and good are great fuels for me.
intriguing question. i suppose i am an idealist, in that i am a firm believer in things like integrity, honesty, loyalty, friendship...you get the idea. when i read things like the lord of the rings, i am inspired to write something because it sparks those emotions and feelings and ideals in me...it is hard to explain but i get filled up almost to bursting and need an outlet to express myself. unfortunately, for someone who writes i often find myself unable to express myself or perhaps to pin down exactly what it is i need to express. certain music has the same effect on me. seeing something profound happen in real life also does it.
thank you for a great question that i enjoyed answering.
I'm generally inspired all the time except when I'm in an emotional valley. I think the time I have to not write is my fuel--I want to write even more when I'm at work, but I can't, so I'm driven to write even more by the time I reach home, which is also the time I can call my own.
I tend to write more easily if I am experiencing depression. If I am not than I want to be out, doing things with my family and not at the computer.
Many things inspire me to write. Nature, storms (especially thunder storms), watching hawks, eagles, sunset, sunrise, waves on the ocean, serene waters on a lake, bubbling brooks....
As for emotions, well...when I am hurting emotionally, that is when I do some of my best deeply spiritual writing. Emotions are key to what I write. If I feel deep emotions I write deeply and emotionally.
Heartbreak seems to have fueled the most writing out of me. Both publicly, and in my journal. When you're happy, you're usually too busy doing fun things to want to sit and write.
Anger, infatuation, sadness, and extreme embarrassment lol. When I'm feeling any of those emotions (especially anger) I can write for hours.
When I was a teenager, my most prolific musically creative period, everything I wrote was about unrequited love (plus all the songs sounded alike for some reason).
Right after grad school, I was also in a very uncertain period, experiencing a lot of emotional turmoil and insecurity, and this appeared to have produced some of my best writing. However, I also found inspiration in unusual things that occurred in my routine. Focusing on a single moment or specific, narrow thought or topic usually makes an article or journal entry particularly engaging for me to write, more so than something very broad.
I started writing on HubPages primarily because I wanted to share my teaching resources with others. While these hubs have done all right, I have had a lot of successful and fun with writing about crafting and Etsy. The success has continued to fuel the topic.
It is said tragedy or personal distress brings out the best in a man. Though I am not a writer as such, I found myself to be more poetically inclined and philosophical at those times.
Gratefulness inspires me more often than any other emotion. Each day that I experience gratitude I find myself desperate to share the overflowing feeling of joy!
I notice people, I love to be at a station early before I travel. I grab a coffee and watch the people. In all those people there is a story, a character, a time when. I also have notepads that I constantly drop thoughts into. Even recalling dreams, writing them down, one of my books was a series of out of joint dreams, they come and went over a two year period. In the end it was like a jigsaw of remembered/on note pads events, names, etc. Its all in your head, just needs prompts.
Determination, anger, sadness, happiness, empathy if I decide to write just for writing sake it does not work I have to have some passion about something I want to share.
My writing inspiration is Almighty God Himself desiring to have His thoughts and ideas and words brought to life.
For me it was all about emotions and strangely enough sadness and all that is dark ang gloomy seemed to do the trick. Because from some years to this part I've actually been feeling quite happy my writting went down, so what I decide to do was to fuel myself with other powerful feelings, like love. Also getting in the mood with the right tune helps a lot. I've also started writting from my head, instead of from my heart.
For myself, the emotion of love inspires me the most in terms of creating something poetic, and I find that it can be a powerful tool when used properly. Another thing that helps me is some kind of inquiry or injustice in the world that makes me wonder, and search for an answer. In that journey of discovery I find other ideas come to mind more freely.
I am inspired by people. Whether they are ones I truly love or ones that bring only anger, they all inspire me. So I think the whole span of emotions inspire me to write what I write.
Usually it is the looming deadline that inspires me to finally sit my behind in the chair and get an article finished. With books, it is different. I am inspired by the people around me, conversations, things I hear and see on television that spark a new idea.
joy, pain, sorrow, memories, hopes, compassion... but I notice faith and pain are very motivating for so many!
Any emotions which cause me to act differently will then usually lead to thought on my actions which can further lead to ideas and inspiration perfect for writing or sharing in any other manner.
I write about revelations I have. I tend to think creatively about almost everything in general...I'm not positive my left brain ever fully developed. My most recent revelation was triggered by a comment i heard in passing from a DJ on the radio. It caused me to start thinking, and in that process I finally understood the true meaning of beauty. So I've been researching perceptions of beauty and how distorted society's perception of beauty is because of the beauty industry. I'll be able to write several papers or articles on this topic until i have a new revelation about something and the cycle will repeat again. live love write!
I like to write from desire, but its hard to maintain. Transcendence is a good totem to keep in mind. I also read a lot - poetry, beat/surreal novels, etc. which lights things up in various ways. I try to avoid anger, jealousy, etc. just 'cause they tend to eat me up inside while having NO effect on the target...
Great question, Earl. It took me a little bit to actually think about it and unpack why I write about what I do. I think the BEST fuels for me have to do with feeling good in general, or having a funny idea. Humor and optimism are my two greatest fuels.
When I don't want to write, I don't. It sounds simple, but I've come to learn that it is important for me to realize when I do want to write, versus when I feel like I should write to maintain some sort of organization and consistency.
Usually I get inspired to write poems when I'm upset at someone or something.
If it's a story like mine on wattpad, it is more of a random occurrence when I'm not hungry or otherwise distracted.
On things like this where I write about anything I want, I seem to write an hour or so after I have showered and I feel refreshed and clean or when I just ate food.
Starvation and trepidation are good. In the case of Poe, it appears that drugs were a great fuel. Dreams do it for Stephen King.
For me, during my working years as a journalist, the fuel was simply knowing that there were four kids' mouths that needed feeding.
Early on, as a student in Boston academia, to tell the truth: it was coffee and cigarettes that stoked me and my classmates. We felt that these stimulants would enhance our creativity and we could write like Kahlil Gibran if we smoked enough Lucky Strikes and drank enough Maxwell House.
Past personal experiences, or those that my friends have told me about. Also, sometimes just watching people in public areas interact with each other can inspire many ideas!
Sometimes when I'm happy or pleased about something, I like to write, as I feel that reading later what I wrote then, reminds me of reasons to be happy.
I usually prefer just listening to my body and soul. Then the ideas tend to come by themselves.
Exactly the most important is pain when you feel or you having it in love so you can get experience from that.. and you thing "how can I express it" when you start express it by words that's called writing..
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