I don’t know very much about surfing. My understanding of the activity is minimal. After seeing it practiced countless times on tv, I’ve heard individuals say things like, “Catch the wave.” My observation (and all you surfers out there, forgive me if I’m wrong) is that the surfers try to “catch” the wave by attempting to ride the water at just the right instant, i.e. capitalize off the water’s movement in order to reach maximum potential for the best surfing ability.
Creativity is the same way. You have to catch the wave. Writers often experience periods of writer’s block. That is why you must capitalize on moments of creativity because you never know when your creative juices will be flowing again after suffering a creativity drought. Now I understand the importance of people saying, “Whenever you get an idea, write it down.”
To my fellow writers, those moments in life when you get a little extra time on your hands, just start writing. Some days you’ll write a little. Some days you’ll be able to write a lot. It’s in those moments of overflow where you must catch the wave and allow that overflow to be the catalyst for future inspiration. That way, in those moments when you can’t think of what to write, you can refer back to the day when you were bursting with creativity and pull from that. Just. Start. Writing.
Let God control your pen, and let the words flow from your heart.
You’ll be surprised at all of the precious gems that will begin to emerge simply because you took the time to sit down and just write. Once the words start flowing, keep going because you don’t want this moment of creativity to pass you by.
It’s hard to write—it’s even harder to write consistently. I’m sure my fellow bloggers understand that painstaking moment of writer’s block. What’s even more torturous is the lack of inspiration. Whether you’re a writer, an artist, or a musician—inspiration is everything. It gets your creative juices flowing. What do you do when the inspiration well runs dry? I’ve learned that I’ve had to stop pulling my inspiration from things or circumstances because they are constantly changing. In order to consistently be creative and remain inspired, you need to pull from something more stable.
Life gets tough and you undergo some major struggles. Sometimes you end up not feeling as your most inspirational self. I have learned that if I plan on consistently blogging, I need to tap into a resource that is constantly inspiring. While having a discussion with some friends, I had an epiphany. The only way that I can continue to give encouragement through my blog is to tap into my source—God. God is my inspiration. He is the only constant that has remained in my life. Trends change. People change. Circumstances change. He remains the same. I didn’t mention this to go into a debate about religion or the existence of God; you’re entitled to believe what you want to believe. I’m telling you what I know to be true for MY inspiration.
If I tried to draw inspiration just from how my day went, on some days I wouldn’t have anything to talk about. I’m no longer drawing from my day, but I’m drawing from God. I feel that if I stay tapped into God and keep building my relationship with Him, there will always be something new and encouraging to talk about, even on my bad days. There were times in my life where I went through some emotionally dark places, but He was the only one that got me through. It’s hard to describe but even on my darkest days, I know He’s there for me, and THAT is inspiring.