Monday, May 21, 2012

Inspiration, oh, the endless sources...

Artists, writers, creatives find inspiration everywhere.  I love hearing people talk about their craft and the things that spark their initial ideas.  Lately I've been giving myself permission to read randomly and watch youtube for creative inspiration.  I am admitting that this carved out time is essential to my creativity and productivity. I now consider listening to interviews and watching people paint {here} as valuable time, rather than wasted time.  And it really is.

I just finished rereading Veronica Roth's Divergent .  I loved it even more the second time around.  The bonus materials at the back of the book include a playlist of songs that inspired certain scenes, characters and an overall understanding of the culture of the book.  Click {here} to listen on youtube.  In another bonus section,Veronica discusses how a pyschology class about exposure therapy as phobia treatment, combined with a road trip, an Evanescence song lyric, and a fleeting image of someone jumping from a building to prove their bravery, converged into the beginning of her #1 New York Times Bestseller.  {Here} is another written version of the miscellaneous inspiration that eventually coalesced into one of my favorite dystopian stories this year.  Veronica also talks more about writing {here}.  I feel so alive and full of potential after hearing stuff like that.  I feel like capturing my spare, fleeting ideas and turning them into something wonderful.

In this video {here}, author Lauren Oliver talks about how she was inspired to create the dystopian environment in her bestselling book, Delirium , while running on a treadmill at the gym one random day.  She had just heard a writing lecture where someone claimed that all bestselling books are about one of two things:  love or death.  While she ran, a news report about people panicking over swine flu made her think something like, "What if love was the disease that caused this widespread panic?" and the seed for Delirium was born.  {Here} Lauren talks about writing and how she has ruined several Macbooks after being struck with inspiration in the shower.  As someone who has her best ideas while driving or in the shower, I loved that part of the interview.  I am not alone in my insanity.  As an artist of any kind, that is so comforting.

One of my favorite author/illustrators is Oliver Jeffers, of Lost and Found fame.  This week I watched him discuss how he fell into the world of children's books and how, for him, word and image are one entity, inseparable.  {Here and here}.  I think that inseparability is one of the keys to his greatness.  It also got my wheels turning about one of my children's book ideas -- and my method for exploring the idea further.

I love that many times inspiration comes at the least likely times from the least likely sources.  You just have to be paying attention.  And remain always curious, a little brave, and at least a touch crazy.

What inspires you?

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