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Creative Inspiration for Writers and Artists

Updated on September 22, 2011

Where do you find your energy? Is it from nature, work, friends, prayer, routine, discord, arguments, love, money? Where is your joy? If you feel stuck in a dead-end job or a dead-end relationship, look beyond. Our lives are lived for tiny moments of recognition. We may recognize the story of our life from a photograph, a movie, a novel, a poem, a song, a symphony, a painting, or a child. Allow this recognition to connect you for a short time to your story on this blue and green rock.

We will not make an impression beyond our small window of existence. We will not change the relentless path of destruction and creation that is our nature. We will not see the far corners of our rock beyond our cubicle and kitchen. Our story will remain.

For inspiration, I found a creative portal for blogging artists: http://http// Here you will find links to inspiring writers, musicians, painters, photographers, or anyone who is on an inspirational and creative journey. Every story is different, but somehow recognizable.

f we look into our past, we will find someone who has inspired our creativity. Julius Lester was my inspiration. When I was a student at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, I enrolled in a popular course called "Religion in Western Literature". I was so inspired by this man's spirit that I continued to take courses with him. His theory of the "story" in our lives will be with me always. The following is an excerpt from his October 13, 2007 blog:

  • "For me writing is not self-expression. Instead it is my way of reaching out to people I do not know and will never know and seeking to be known. Writing brings me into intimate relationship with others, a mysterious relationship since I do not see them and they do not see me. Writing is at once a solitary act and a social one in which rune-carver and reader come together and know themselves and each other. You and I wander along the densely bordered trails of our lives, trails closed in by meals to be cooked, children whose hurts and joys need our tending when we feel scarcely able to tend our own hurts and joys, marriages that periodically seem to start unraveling before our very eyes and sometimes cannot be knit anew; and there is always the car that needs fixing and the letter from American Express telling us to please leave home without it. And lo, in the midst of the detritus and flotsam of our lives, the trail leads into a clearing, and there a beech staff stands, plunged into the earth like a sliver of moonbeam. We stop and read the runes so painfully and painstaking inscribed thereon, and if the beech staff has been inscribed lovingly, if we can see specks of the writer's blood in the cracks of a rune or two, we find our heads nodding slowly in amazed recognition that someone else knows and put it into words. We are confirmed and recognized and say a quiet but audible, "Yes, yes. That is how it is." That is what reading is, whether you are an adult or a child. It is the shock of recognition. Reading is the means through which we are led to say Yes to ourselves and that densely bordered trail of our lives. Through reading we are given words and through words we gain the power to subdue chaos and tame storms. Reading gives us back to ourselves in a way nothing else and no one else can. Ultimately it enables us to say yes, yes - and then continue on with the mystery of this journey we call our lives."

Look into your own past. Was there a teacher, friend, priest or pastor who connected with your spirit? Draw on your memories of their connection. If it was someone who has since passed away, cherish their teachings. If it is someone still living, reconnect the relationship. The recognition of a common journey never goes away. Pass this gift on to the next generation. If you find someone who looks to you for guidance, don't be afraid to give your advice and wisdom. You will be inspired by their wide-eyed wonder. You may be the mentor who changes their life.

Poetry is my inspiration. In these small packages, you will find delicious gems:

Self-Portrait by Erica Jong

She was not a slender woman,

but her skin was milk mixed in with strawberry jam

& between her legs the word purple was born

& her hair was the color of wheat & yellow butter.

Her eyes were dark as the North Atlantic sea.

She learned the untranslatable words of dawn.

She studied her own fear & wrote its verses.

She used the hole in her heart to play wind-music.

She built her book-houses over her empty cellar.

She nursed on the muse at first,

then became her own mother.

Find your own poetic inspiration. Search for the poet who speaks to you. In less than a minute, a poem will inspire you to great heights.

I'm also inspired by quotes. Again, search for your own muse. Quotes are amazing because they are unscripted, unrehearsed, and honest. When you come across one that speaks to you, write it down. It will surely speak to you again.

I've had better times of course--the halcyon days, rings, ringlets, ashes of roses, shit, chantilly, high teas, drop scones, serge suits, binding attachments, all that. Edna O'Brien

Write your own quotes and post them on the fridge. Why not? If they inspire you, then embrace them. Perhaps they evoke a calming memory. Or maybe they remind you of your strength and beauty.

She squeezed the essential juice from the lemon and ran it through her tangled hair. Cailin Gallagher

You may find inspiration from stories, mentors, novels, poetry, music, art, or nature. You may find it in a Dr. Seussian boat or with a goat, but where-ever you find it, embrace it as your own.

Celine Dion Sings- Inspirational Slides

Julius Lester on Amazon


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      7 years ago

      I think in general we actually learn to now see inspiration in things as we get older for a variety of reasons. As well as looking for inspiration we need to train ourselves to recognize that inspiration as well and to see it's potential.

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      7 years ago

      One of my fave quotes is from Tyler Durden, Fight Club: "You're not your job. You're not how much money you have in the bank. You're not the car you drive. You're not the contents of your wallet. You're not your f-!g khakis... You're the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world."

      Great post, and I like Julian Lesters theory on the 'story' in our lives..

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      7 years ago

      This is good to read, I will link it to my inspiration from photos page, hope that is OK. I love some of the lines in the self portrait poem. Thank you.

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      Krystal Paige 

      8 years ago from Midwest, America

      Nice hub :-)

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      9 years ago from Philippines

      I stumbled on your hub when I got accidentally linked to Denny Lyon's blog.I'm joining your fans club. I like your hubs.

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      Denny Lyon 

      9 years ago from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

      Good points ALL! Especially like you went beyond the usual soft highlights when people write about inspiration but rather encouraged deeper thinking from people so they can "pull from within." Blogging this on over to my poetry and healing blogs, thanks for some thoughtful writing!

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      Clive Fagan 

      10 years ago from South Africa

      Great Hub I particularly enjoyed it

      "That is what reading is, whether you are an adult or a child. It is the shock of recognition. Reading is the means through which we are led to say Yes to ourselves and that densely bordered trail of our lives. Through reading we are given words and through words we gain the power"

      The writing is inspirational and full of insight. The other bit about the runes being flecked with the blood of writers was also brilliant, illuminating.

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      10 years ago from South Carolina

      Great inspirational hub! Now... can I inspire you to put your tracker in your links to those hubs that you've listed above? Backlinks (for them) are great, but hmm... shouldn't you get your well-deserved 9-12% of impressions? :)


      ... Thumbs up! :)

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      hot dorkage 

      10 years ago from Oregon, USA

      this is an inspiring hub inded. thanks you.

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      10 years ago

      I love anything related to art and my inspiration comes from nature and friends.Lovely!You did a great job!Thumbs Up!

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      Zsuzsy Bee 

      10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Thanks for sharing. Very nice hub. Inspirational...

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Karen Ellis 

      10 years ago from Central Oregon

      Very Inspirational!

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      10 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Thanks for the beautiful ideas! And happiness is a good emotion to have to come up with creative ideas too! :)

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      Constant Walker 

      10 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

      Inspiration comes from everywhere. A quote from a TV show, or a line of a song, or a book. My two greatest inspirations came as very good advice from a stranger and a friend. I listened, and heeded both those bits of wisdom and it changed my life. I thank them every day.

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      10 years ago from Long Island

      I find my inspiration from HUBBERS and others like yourself ... those who take Mother Theresa'a attitude ..... when people leave you, they should leave you happier and better than when they came. - Thanks, David

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      Kathryn Skaggs 

      10 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you for such an inspiring Hub.



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      lady luck 

      10 years ago from Boston

      AWESOME hub, thanks for writing this, I write creatively, or I did until i ended up in an abusive relationship which SUCKED the life right out of me. TWO THUMBS UP!

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      Julie A. Johnson 

      10 years ago from Duluth, MN

      I, too, find poetry, great literature in general, and art inspiring. Inspiration is key for writers. Write on!


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      amy jane 

      10 years ago from Connecticut

      Love the ending, in a boat or with a goat, lol! This was really beautiful. You were clearly inspired!

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      10 years ago from Warnbro Western Australia

      What a beautiful hub Calilin .


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