There are many ways that writers come across inspiration. Having studied mediation and writing workshop techniques I can vouch for many of them. Some people indulge in walking meditation. Others take auto-writing – the taking up or a pen or keyboard for a set time and writing quite literally whatever comes into their head as a catalyst. In the same vein key words or phrases as a spark are often a favourite. Keeping notebooks full of snatches of overheard conversation or headlines in newspapers or magazines can be a great source of impetus.
I like to take snippets of ideas from any of those and brainstorm them, bouncing ideas off of others because vocalising my ideas helps me to crystalise those thoughts. Those who know me will vouch for the fact that vocalisation is my forte. Getting me to shut up is the hard part!
Yesterday it was noise of a different kind that sparked a thread – or rather took a knotted bundle of threads and picked strands into order.
You just never know where inspiration for these things will come from, but I am always grateful when it does.