Thursday, August 4, 2011
What Inspires You?
My aunt and I went to a production of Les Miserables the other night, and it was...mind-blowing. Soul shaking. I am ridiculously in awe of J. Mark Mcvey, who played Jean Valjean. His voice is unearthly good.
And the story itself is incredible. Valjean is one of my favorite characters of all time, and so is Javert. They make me want to write characters like them.
Its refreshing to be shaken like that. Don't you think? I wish there was some way to bottle up that kind of experience, but there isn't, and you can't go back to it and there are no guarantees when it might happen again.
So in the interim, what are the things that can keep you going every day? Both creatively and professionally? How do you keep the WIP fresh, and how to do find relevant, interesting blog topics every day?
I think being observant and involved helps. You may not get the shattering beauty of a Les Mis everyday, but the grass and cat and even the dishes have something meaningful and beautiful in them if you look close enough, right? And I think trying to fill your day with as much as you can is a good idea. Go for walks, listen to music, watch movies, talk to people. And of course, read.
What do you think? Am I crazy for being so impressionable? What do you do to keep yourself inspired and enchanted when life is just regular?