Firing up inspiration

blogIMG_1825 (2).jpgSometimes my think tank runs dry. There’s just no fuel in there.

And when that happens, I find myself without the energy I need to get those creative juices flowing again. No topic springs to mind jump-starting my brain and causing an imaginative spark to ignite. Often times I’m just running on empty.

That’s one of the reasons why, for the last couple of years, I’ve enjoyed the weekly photo challenges Word Press published each week. Each weekly theme provided fodder for thought. And thought usually led to a photo I’ve taken either from my files or one I chose to capture just for the challenge. And viewing the actual picture prompted more creative fuel producing written blog posts to accompany the photo.

But the photo challenges have officially ended while the creative folks at Word Press move on in a different direction, and I’m going to miss them.  I know there are other picture challenges out there in cyber-land, but I’m just too lazy unmotivated to spend time searching for one that strikes my fancy.

So I must revert to igniting my own creative fires when it comes to writing this blog. Whoo-boy, that’s a more difficult challenge than simply opening up an email and saying, “Ah yes, a theme!” and tap, tap, tapping away at my computer keyboard.

When I first launched this blog, prior to engaging with the photo challenges, I summoned up my own creative ideas, studied my surroundings and God’s Word, and thoughtfully considered things I’d read, seen, or experienced as worthy writing fodder.

In my defense, my life was a bit simpler back when this empty nest blog became reality. My grown children were all off on their own and living far from home, and the Papa of this empty nest still toiled full-time long hours at his job.

And even though I worked at a part-time job myself, I still had a whole lot of free time on my hands. Time I didn’t know what to do with. So almost eight years ago, I started seriously blogging and Mama’s Empty Nest breathed life.

As time progressed though, I started relying more on the photo challenges and Wordless Wednesday for blog posts instead of my own creativity. It was easier and less time consuming and if I’m honest, also less tiring.

I could sit down at my desktop, peruse my photos, and start composing an accompanying blog post personifying the weekly theme. And I cranked one out just about every week. Wordless Wednesdays were even simpler – choose a photo, type in a title, and voila! A blog post.

In the last couple of years, I just haven’t possessed as much open, free, and uninterrupted time like I once did, so yes, I confess I grabbed the easy route like a white-water rafter tossed overboard grabs a well-placed tree branch in the river to save him.

Time with little or no distractions is still an issue since I watch my three-year-old grandchild while her mama works.  And other issues often prevent me from sitting down in front of my computer screen to get my thoughts down in writing.

Changes happen. It’s just the way life is. And stages of life come and go, reminding me of an old 1960’s Herman’s Hermits song, “years may come, years may go, some go fast, some go slow…”

With each new change that comes along, I must learn to adapt and go with the flow. So as one chapter ends – my use of weekly photo challenges (unless I find another interesting one) – another must begin. Because of this, I may not post as often until I get some creative inspiration flaring again, so I’m preparing you, my faithful readers.

Please don’t give up reading my blog because of that.  I’ll still be here. Just maybe not as often.  But then again, you never know. If creativity sparks a flame, I may post as regularly as before if not more.  Hope springs eternal, you know.

“Don’t fan the flames of despair. Ignite the spark of hope instead.” ~Doe Zantamata

And hopefully, something will light my fire every week and inspiration will come, even if I have to chase after it.

“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” ~ Jack London


13 responses

  1. Reading helps. I have 2 or 3 books I’m reading, and something usually resonates with me to the point of igniting that flame to write about it. Sometimes it’s just one sentence that reminds me of something I was going to write about before, and didn’t. xxx


  2. I am quite new to lots of free time and am enjoying the blogging world as a newbie but I understand what you are saying. It`s hard to come up with new ideas I would imagine once you have exhausted the ones you have in your head. I have also found that I will get an idea for a topic I want to discuss or relay an experience and the words won`t come out as freely as I expected or as well. It`s all there, but just needs to come out!


    • Welcome to the blogging world, PP. I understand what you’re going through. Blogging really is a great way to get your thoughts in writing. When I first started blogging, I hadn’t written anything for such a long time that the words just flowed out of me almost faster than I could type them on my keyboard. But sometimes the words just don’t come. My advice when that happens is just keep writing, even if it doesn’t make sense or doesn’t flow right. You can always go back and re-read, edit, and change your words before you hit that publish button. Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to comment. Be blessed today.

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      • That is great advice ! I hadn`t really thought of doing that. I just tell myself to wait for a better time and then give it another try. I find my days very disjointed and keep waiting for long pockets of time, when perhaps I should just as you say , write away and then edit later. I can be a bit like yourself at times too when the words come too fast. And an edit is always good. Thanks for the advice xx


      • I hope it works for you. Sometimes I start a post and don’t come back to it until days or weeks later when I have something more to add to it. I also keep a notebook handy to jot down ideas for later use or even several sentences for the beginning of a post. I wish you much success as you continue your blogging journey. Be blessed.

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  3. It is a shame that WP have stopped the Weekly Challenge…it wasn’t serious, it just gave you a prompt in a different direction from what one was normally blogging about, a gentle prod as they say. But by so doing it did make you think along different lines which actually helped define other thoughts, inspirations and also memories. But as they say “A change is as good as a Rest”.

    As for your Fire illustration…I thought that apt. We haven’t had an open fire for years, yet I do remember gazing into those constantly moving flames and embers and imagine all sorts of images….a bit like a crystal ball on steroids 🙂

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    • Thank you so much for your comment, David. Yes, I will miss the challenges, but change is good. Sometimes we need the prod to get out of a rut, so I’m looking at it that way. Living in the country the way we do, we’re able to have backyard bonfires and there truly is something quite mesmerizing about gazing into the flames and embers. 🙂

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