Inspiration is…well…everywhere. It’s in the way the sun bounces along the crystals of ice on the sidewalk, the way that opera singer belted out that last note, and it’s even in the way that little brown squirrel scurried past me on my way to class this morning.
But if inspiration is everywhere, why is it so hard for writers to find? Perhaps it’s because we hardly even notice these sources of inspiration anymore, especially in this day and age when there’s so much else to occupy us.
Distraction is part of the problem. What writers really need is a machine to slow time, something that allows them to take a moment and just be able to think about it, analyze it, and experience it. Events in life happen too fast for most people, and I think that’s where some of the inspiration can be lost: in the passage of time.
This is why I believe photography is one of the best tools a writer can use in order to capture these moments and hold on to them until they’ve gotten all their thoughts on the subject down in writing. Writers can photograph their own sources of inspiration, or even consider a picture of something another photographer was inspired by. The way in which different ideas can arise from the same source is what makes creativity so engaging, and so I’ve placed below a few photos that inspire me, ones that I feel I could base a story from.
If you feel inspired by these pictures as well, share your ideas in the comments. And for more photos like these, check out my Writer’s Block photo collection on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/lpaigewrites/writer-s-block/
(As you can see, I tend to be inspired by places. What are you inspired by?)