This post is more or less a continuance of Selayna’s post  on musical inspiration.  I too have some go-to pieces that get the knots of writer’s block into a nice curvy line again.  However, I also have a few other tricks I use for inspiration.  Now, when you are in the midst of writer’s block on one particular piece, sometimes the trick isn’t to figure out what comes next.  Sometimes you just need to let your imagination flow in another direction on another, completely different piece.  Then, when you go back, you have fresh eyes.  So, to start with, let’s look at:


Here, I will post a few of my favorite songs that get the juices leaking, flowing, and rolling.  However, instead of me telling you how I use them, I want you to come up with a brief scene, scenario, or the random thoughts that come into your mind based on the mood it puts you in.

Bach/Break from August Rush

The Wandering Kind by Josh Groban

No Good Deed from Wicked the Broadway Musical

Permanent by David Cook

Now: Onto Play

In my previous posts Tableaux Art and Re-evaluating your Environment for Art, I discussed the benefits of using your surroundings for inspiration.  Now, I’m going to take that a step further and say, BECOME part of your surroundings.  Interact with them.  PLAY with them.  If you watch a kid at the playground, you will find that they can spend hours entertaining themselves.  They come up with stories in their heads and act them out.  One of the most famous things for kids to do is “play house.”  Now, they also “play cheerleader,” play “pirates,” play “ninjas,” etc.  As adults, we tend to grow out of “play” (LARPers not included).  And, as a result, our imaginations tend to suffer.  Combine their playtime with the fact that kids “say the darndest things” and you have yourself a winner.

So, what I am suggesting is that you find time to play.  If your imagination is a little rusty, then find a kid to play with (in a non-creepy way, of course).  Babysit your friends’ kid(s) for the night.  Play with your own kid.  Accompany a friend and their kid to the park.  Volunteer at a church nursery.  Then, after your playtime, record some of the stories told, the words said, the thoughts and facial expressions that popped into your head and on your face.  Believe me, it will be worth it.

J.M. Barrie: What did you think?
Peter Llewelyn Davies: It’s about our summer together, isn’t it?
J.M. Barrie: It is.
Peter Llewelyn Davies: About all of us.
J.M. Barrie: That’s right. You like it?
Peter Llewelyn Davies: It’s magical. Thank you.
J.M. Barrie: No, thank you. Thank you, Peter.
From Finding Neverland

And finally: ART

Below are two paintings that I absolutely love.  Your challenge is to use them to come up with 1 sentence for


Plot in the immediate sense (what are they doing in the picture):

Plot in the broader sense (what came before and after):


At the Moulin Rouge: Two Women Waltzing by Henri Toulouse-Lautrec
Two Girlfriends by Henri Toulouse-Lautrec

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