I often go back and forth between wanting to wear blinders and feeling overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of inspiration on the web. It can at times be a conflicting feeling that keeps me from my writing.
Total Focus: Often I just don’t want to look at a screen anymore after a day at work. and then all of those personal emails, which I love but at times feel like a slog through 25% off sales, evites, rambling social plans and events I know I can not make it to no matter how once-in-a-lifetime it may be.
Too Much Inspiration: At times I feel like I am being force-fed inspiration. It is like if inspiration has it’s own inspiration board, club, books, society, meetings, and sub-genres. I mean it is very good to be passionate, but all the time passionate? That sounds like a recipe for mania!
The Sweet Spot: For me, what I have realized is being in a quiet environment with a feeling of “hiding” works for me. Trusted notebook and pen. But definitely the sense of holing myself up in a place no one can find me. I have to be anonymous and a bit invisible.
How do you find your own sweet spot? I recommend googling the feelings that you want to have and using their visual or “images” tab. Copy those photos to your desktop and try this handy new tool called moodboard (http://www.gomoodboard.com/) which is a free service of drag and drop images, then you get a private moodboard.
Might even be a good thing to check in with before your write. I will share one of mine next month!