I’ve been a regular writer since my Freshman year of college, discovering the value of using a journal for expression. While keeping journals over the years, both personal and for recording stories, is a regular thing for me, there are times, or seasons, if you will, when I do not write. The inspiration isn’t there. And I miss it. I wonder if it will ever return or if my last Moleskine page has been completed.
I have learned not to panic in those seasons. Writing has always returned. In order to endure those seasons, however, I lean more heavily on inspiration. I tend to read more, explore new (to-me) musical artists, and study new photographers. These activities are intentional. It’s easy to sit back and binge on a new season of TV released on Netflix or surf the web aimlessly, but those things have never provided me with get-up-and-go. They just fill empty moments.
In closing, the more I seek inspiration, the more quickly my own writing habits return. And life gets back to normal.
Shovels & Rope – I love their energy, lyrics, and sound. They will be at the Spoleto finale this year and so will we!
Garden & Gun magazine – This is my one-stop for inspiration – beautiful photographs, great writing, plus news on food, art, and Southern life.