Monday, June 26, 2017

A Quest for Inspiration

Wolfgang Pauli and Niels Bohr, Nobel prize-winners, presented many counterintuitive theories. Once while Pauli presented his ideas about a radical new hypothesis, Bohr came out of the audience to the stage and interrupted his colleague. 

Bohr said, "We all agree that your theory is crazy. What divides us is whether it has a chance to be correct. My own feeling is that it is not crazy enough."

Consider your ideas and possibilities. Could they be crazy enough to be true?  Go on an unpredictable quest to free trapped vitality.  

Try an experiment to awaken sluggish magic.

Look into nature for nurture. Try combining  creative ideas to develop music, literature, and another art form.

Synthesize and coordinate all aspects of life you do the best. 

Express yourself with a flourish.

Notice with renewed awareness areas of life you take for granted.



      inspiration through

Sunday, June 25, 2017


Find triggers from one-liners.  See where you can take these as ideas for stories.

Make your mark on cupcake wars and develop a new taste treat. Spin on vegan.

Don't give up sushi meals and beds of comfort, travel on $50 a day.

What is authentic education?

Find a love note in a book of poetry.

What if you go from angels to zombies to dystopian worlds in one day?

Something dark and dangerous lurks at the edge of town.

Haunted by a freak accident, the woman . . .

What if you get in the wrong cab going home after a few too many?

An artifact washes ashore.  How will you trace it back to the owner?

Open your writing to a few of these possibilities.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Time to Rest

When rushing to create a product, writers often power from idea to solution and avoid the percolation process. Although they accomplish a result, they may have missed insights gained from the incubation period so vital to the creative process. 

An interval of rest and diversion from thoughts and brain noise helps everyone reach the "Aha" moment with more possibilities.

During a period of not writing, notions and ideas flicker the synapses in kaleidoscopic fashion. With deadlines approaching, it becomes difficult to let that "nothing" happen. Even a short break will prove valuable. After a respite, a feeling of freshness and invigoration pushes one into the final stage of writing.

The ancient Greeks and Romans believed the magic of brain swirl depended on channeling from the Muses. Unknowingly, while leaving it to the Gods, they permitted time for rest to take over. They also enjoyed bacchanalia for diversion.

Elias Howe, an adapter of the sewing machine, became frustrated with the notion of the sewing needle because he could not determine how to thread and mechanize it. One day he stopped and stared out the window. His mind spun in reverie.

Later he and told his wife he had a daydream of standing inside a black pot of boiling water in the jungle. A native came to him ready to thrust a spear. He looked up and noticed the spear had a hole in its tip. When he returned to his work, he decided to try a hole in the tip of the needle in his machine. Aha!

It takes courage and resolve to rest, daydream, or do nothing during a writing project.  Just writing the word "rest" feels like procrastination or a retreat into laziness.

Each writer has a different way of accessing this place of rest as a springboard to illumination. Take time from a writing project to investigate your place of silent awareness. 

Does this work during the moments of tranquility before sleep or in moments upon awakening? Do you make discoveries in the flow during a run or walk? Will breathing exercises push you into a calm and tranquil state.  Could meditation provide the rest needed?

Define in writing what a place of rest means to you.  

During a time of frustration in writing, give yourself the permission to rest. 

Then write about the results.