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Blog Inspiration: Where Is Your Muse Hiding?

Kelly Ray

blog-inspirationMagical and mysterious are words often used to describe the spirit or power that inspires artists, musicians and poets. According to Greek mythology that power was the domain of the muses, the goddesses for the inspiration of literature, arts and sciences.

Others see the concept of muse as being an internal mindset. Whatever your view, it is sometimes difficult to spark inspiration and creativity.

What happens when you try to write your blog post and cannot find your muse?

Finding your muse is often the most difficult part of tapping into the imagination, inspiration and genius that lives within each us. Your life is river of muses. The trick is making the time and finding the patience to look deeper into your environment, experiences and your relationships to unlock new patterns in your subconscious mind.

Finding your muse is a quest we live out every day. In telling your own stories, you focus on the things that make you happy, sad or that motivate you to take action.

Sometimes inspiration for writing comes to you accidentally and other times you are more deliberate in your efforts, using a variety of processes to sift through your life, identifying what you like, what you don’t like, things you want to accomplish, dreams that you have, and the people or places that inspire you. In other cases, inspiration comes to you through crisis, chaos, fear or tragedy.

Many times, the best inspiration comes to you when you are fearful or living a chaotic and unpredictable life. Chaos is often described as the science of surprise. It is in those moments of greatest internal chaos and surprise that you begin to actually take note of the underlying patterns and gain unique insights that propel your creativity.

Think about how often, working on your blog, you face tight deadlines and are in the final minutes or seconds without a plan or deliverable and suddenly inspiration hits and it all comes together quickly and magically. When you are forced to break your typical thinking patterns, you rely more heavily on your subconscious mind to solve difficult problems with “new and creative” thoughts and approaches your conscious mind was unable to grasp.

I have found many of the following activities really helpful in finding my muse, inspiration to move forward and to write my best blog posts:

  • Take A Hike or Spend Time Meditating With Nature

Taking time to be immersed in nature and really observe it not only helps to calm your mind, it helps your body relax and feel better and feeds your soul with beauty. It helps you see things from different perspectives and opens up your thought processes, rather than confining them to a set of rules, regulations and processes. Being able to see things in different ways and to notice patterns and connections stimulates your senses and your mindset to become more innovative and creative.

  • Spend Time in Crowded Places

You’ve probably heard the saying “Love is all around” and airports, train stations and malls are great places to observe and feel love and emotion of all types. Being in an area where people are actively engaged with each other helps you to plug into the power of your emotions for inspiration, be it love, anger, joy or sorrow.

  • Work Your Body, Rest Your Brain

A lot of people find their muse in the gym. Working out tests your physical and mental endurance. When you break through your own physical and mental limitations, you often find a new and deep well of inspiration and creativity for your blog.

  • Spend Time With a Child

As adults, we fall into a pattern of knowing what others expect us to think. If you are in need of a fresh perspective there is nothing better than discussing things with a child. Their curiosity and frankness can be an eye opener as well as a brain opener. It is a great way to plug into a totally different mindset and find inspiration to write your blog.

  • Listen to Music

Listening to music is a great way to stimulate inspiration, motivation and action. Favorite melodies that have a tempo of between 60-90 beats per minute will help enhance your mood, help you to meditate, clear your mind, inspire artistic expression and even improve daily task performance.

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Music allows you to escape and “get out of your own head” for a while and focus on your memories and emotions which are both powerful stimuli for inspiration and creativity in writing.

  • The Magic of Doodling, Word Associations

Doodling and word association are a type of pure magic when it comes to stimulating creativity and inspiration. When you doodle, your subconscious takes over. It can be amazing to see what you draw when you really aren’t thinking or focusing on anything in particular. Word associations work in the same way. If you are feeling stuck, start with a word and as quickly as possible start writing down words that come to mind. Do not think about why the word came up, just record it and after you are done, reflect on the words. This kind of activity breaks patterns of thought and helps your subconscious take over, and bring to the surface things you may not be able to focus on consciously. It is a great way not only to stimulate creativity but to solve problems. Just one word can inspire you, lead you on a path of discovery, or solve a problem.

  • Attitude

We probably all struggle with negative attitudes from time to time and negativity is perhaps the single greatest impediment to inspiration and creativity. Positive self-talk is the antidote to negative thoughts. Saying positive things to yourself and finding the things you love most about yourself, your family and your life can be a powerful tool in stimulating your subconscious mind to come up with new and exciting ideas, inspirations and motivation to take action or to write in new style.

Conclusion

Inspiration, creativity and motivation lie all around us and within us. When you are feeling empty or stagnant, it is really important to know what types of activities trigger inspiration and creativity for writing. Understanding that creativity is often blocked by your normal thought patterns is the beginning to unlocking the secrets of activities that break down those patterns.

Learning what activities trigger your personal creative processes comes through experience and experimentation. Do not be afraid to try new things. Actively develop an arsenal of activities that break down your normal thinking patterns and encourage your subconscious mind to bring to the surface those new thought patterns we so often refer to as “inspiration.” With time and patience, you will be able to create a well-spring of inspiration to fire your creativity.

Kelly Ray is an inspired blogger. Her passions are writing and tourism. Her main muse and unlimited source for inspiration is nature with its beauty of shapes and colors and she is always glad to share her ideas with her audience. Check her blog for more tips about writing and inspiration – topreviewstars.com

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53 comments on “Blog Inspiration: Where Is Your Muse Hiding?”

  1. Hello,

    I am very happy to visit this website and read the great information that you present.Thanks to share this useful post.

  2. You are so right! A run always clears my head and allows room for ideas to pop in. Often too many for me to remember when I finish so I'm tempted to take my notebook with me! 🙂

  3. I used to struggle to write post regularly. But now what i do is dedicate a day for blogging rather than unplanned schedule. That has worked.

    1. Hi, Rahul,

      I also like to write one full day a week. It's easier to stay focused that way.

      Thanks for commenting,
      Sue

  4. Hello Kelly and Sue,

    Thank you for this encouraging list to inspire our blogging.

    I'd like to say that, on the rare occasions when I'm stuck for ideas, I merely open my diary and behold! a scintillating gem of an experience leaps off the page. Of course, what I normally find are biscuit crumbs.

    Nevertheless, the most difficult part in my muse discerning exercises, is selecting a clear theme from my disordered thoughts. My muses seem to arrive in a gang, each bludgeoning me for attention.

    My problem I know. But I do appreciate your ordered thoughts and am always cheered to read coherent reasons and know that others have difficulties and yet always manage to produce solutions. Thank you.

    BTW, Sue, really like the crisp 'new' design.

    Kindest regards.

    1. Hi, Zara,

      I always appreciate your thoughtful comments! This post from Kelly gave me some new ideas when I'm not inspired.

      Thanks,
      Sue
      P.S. Check out my Thursday blog post about the new design.

  5. For some reason, I’m often inspired while standing in a hot steamy shower. Don’t ask me why, but this location gets my brain going. I also think best, first thing in the morning. So when my husband accuses me of lolling in bed, I can say with confidence that I’m not being lazy, I am writing!

  6. Writers, always carry a note pad or smart device that you can take notes on. I don’t know how many times I’ve had a great idea for a post, only to discover it’s gone when I get home to write it down. I also keep a pad and pencil on my night stand. Great phrases and dialogue often come to me in the middle of the night, and rather than lying awake worrying over whether I’ll recall it in the morning. I Just write it down and go back to sleep. The challenge of course is trying to read my midnight scribblings in the morning, but it usually works.

    1. Hi, Darlene,

      I have also lost some great ideas when I didn't write them down when I first thought of them - so frustrating! I like your nightstand trick.

      Thanks for the comment.
      Sue

  7. I like the tip about hanging out with children, I’ll also include animals. I could NEVER come up with some of the things children say and do. One of my best children’s stories came from a child wondering if a ghost was pushing the shopping cart which was rolling unattended across the parking lot. And my pets also crack me up. Watching my dog try to pick up two tennis balls at one time was fodder for a fun post on crazy pet tricks.

    1. Hi, Charley,

      Kids and animals are the best, aren't they? I love your stories!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment.
      Sue

  8. Some blogs are easier to write than others. Mine for instance is a humorous look at life in general. I get inspired from the things that happen all around me. I write about my family, my job, how I feel about stories in the news, basically anything that jumps up and says write about me. I agree with the commenter who says you should have a way to take notes. I often get great ideas when I’m driving, and just record them into my voice mail – only after I’ve stopped at a light though. This was in interesting post, glad I found it.

    1. Hi, Cynthia,

      This is so true - some posts just flow out of a writer, some are a struggle. I like the way you get inspired from your life. I keep a notebook in the car - your voice mail idea is safer 🙂

      Thanks for your comment,
      Sue

  9. This, I must say, is a great list.

    I can say with confidence I do most, if not all of these. My writing has improved so much since I started to blog. I can barely keep up with the ideas that keep popping into my mind. I don't always, regrettably, have something to write down the thoughts when they come. I usually remember, having a pretty good one of those, but I have lost a thought or two. Hopefully, if they are truly excellent ideas, they will come back to me later.

    I love to be around my niece and nephews. They provide invaluable feedback, without meaning to. They allow me to open my mind and broaden my horizons. I can let my mind wander and they aren't unencumbered by the adult rationality I sometimes can't seem to escape.

    Nature is highly inspirational and full of beauty that can boost my thought processes.

    I love music so so much. Listening to it right now, as I type this, and it is a never-ending well of inspiration. The lyrics that others come up with give me ideas of my own. Sometimes I wish I had thought of them first, but other times I just allow myself to be immersed in the melodies and feelings a particular song brings to the surface of my extremely active mind. I can never get enough.

    Thanks for confirming all this I already felt inside.

    1. Hi, Kerry,

      I love your ideas of where to be when inspiration will strike. Music is a good one - I listen to Focus at Will.com while working and always think clearer during it. They have a free 30 day trial if you want to check it out.

      Thanks for your stories - they really help!
      Sue

  10. Hello everyone! Thank you for all sweet comments. It's a great pleasure to hear all these positive feedbacks from you 🙂 I found a lot of new ideas for inspiration from your comments - family, children, shower 🙂 As usual my inspiration comes to me in the middle of the night, just instead of sleep, and I begin to write as crazy! 🙂

  11. Hey Sue,

    Awesome article 🙂 For me, it comes from everywhere! So, Evernote is my dear old friend here.

    I think I get motivation and inspiration when I'm in a quiet place. Well, that's me! 🙂

    Great article and shared around on Triberr.

    You go girl!

    1. I also love Evernote - I don't know how I'd run my life and blog without it!

      Thanks for your comment today, Reginald.
      Sue

  12. Thanks for sharing..! Whenever you are talking about inspiring and I am going to believe that I would learnt and will doing something that inspiring..! I'm bad.

    However, I would admit that this is really great article about getting inspiring. By immersing in the nature, it will make us feel relax and fresh our ideas. You know..? the key of my successful is to relax and keep calm.

    I would agree with you to find some place that we for working will make us feel like committed to work without stress. No stress, it mean perfect working. I love it.

    I'm not a person who like to listen to music since I always listen to same music and repeat those many. However, I love to break and have some fresher air. Okay, I will learn to enjoy with music and test.

    1. Hi, Kimsea,

      I love the ways you use to get more inspiration for writing. I also enjoy nature and I'm lucky that my dog drags me outside several times a day to take a walk and get away from the computer 🙂

      Thanks for sharing your methods.
      Sue

      1. Hahahaha..! Thanks for responding and you're good. LOL. Actually, It seem I have less friends offline. Whenever I feel like to relax, I always go my friend's house and playing with his baby. I love his kid..!

  13. Hi, Ryan,

    You are so good at taking time for yourself. I'm reading a book on meditation and am trying to do 10 minutes a day. Good old "monkey mind" hits me but I'm sticking with it.

    Thanks for sharing what works for you!
    Sue

  14. Great post, sometimes I find inspiration in reading a blog post or taking a course that I feel I need to respond to i.e. the information was wrong and I need to fix it, or perhaps it was amazing and I feel I need to add on to it.

  15. Hi Friend,

    i really liked this article soon i will be sharing it on my facebook profile.

    You did with your level best and I advise you being my colleague to take every comment and suggestion especially the critical one very patiently and with open heart. When you try such strictly monitored topics you equally receive criticism so just receive it and take all the positive points from it.

    thanking you

    Keep up your good work!

    Have a good day

    Akshay Naik

  16. Hey Sue,

    Great post ... I often listen music to get inspiration and to make my mind free from tension. 😀

    Thanks for sharing this post!

    -Mustafa

  17. Hi Sue,

    I welcome myself to your blog, nice looking design....though on my mobile device. Looks great on it.

    Like Reginald said above, I have no particular muse to get my grove on, it all happens in different situation and time.

    Sometimes when reading other people's work, sometimes during a conversation - like my next blog post idea. Just yesterday I receive a phone call from a reader who ask this question "If I start a blog today, when would I start making money from it"?.

    After we end the conversation, I was like oh! Can I really give anyone guarantee that he will make a penny from blogging?

    So I wish to answer that question in my next blog post; sometimes that's all it takes to write a full blown blog post.

    Thanks Sue for the follow, happy to engage with you.

    1. Hi, Shamsudeen,

      Cami, my website designer, worked hard to get the site looking good on mobile, since over 25% of my visitors read my posts that way.

      Your story about answering a question and it leading to a blog post is perfect! I have done that more times than I can remember. Thanks for sharing it with us in your comment.
      Sue

  18. Hey Kelly,

    You brought some great tips about finding our muse to write great content. You mentioned that going to the gym helps which I agree with. As a matter of fact, there have been times that I was doing cardio, a great idea pops into my head, I stop, and write it down in evernote because I have a habit of forgetting. I hate it when I forget a good idea.

    Thanks for sharing! Have a good one!

    1. Hi, Sherman,

      I bring a notebook everywhere but not into the yoga studio! How about doing a audio message into your phone??

      Thanks so much for your comment.
      Sue

  19. Hi Sue and Kelly,

    Inspiration is a topic that garners a lot of attention.

    When I first started blogging I sat down and worked to identify the problems that I solve for people. I thought long and deep about what business owners and entrepreneurs struggle with when it comes to marketing.

    I owned a very high end web development company so over the years I've had hundreds of clients and what I learned is that there was a common theme for their lack of success... and that is they rushed to the technology without knowing their business or their customers.

    The key to getting inspiration in my opinion is to know what business you're "really" in from the public's point of view, what problems you "specifically" solve and who you "solve" them for.

    That immediately creates 25-50 articles all by itself that can inspire and help your audience. What's really cool is it doesn't take long for them to tell you what they want to know and that unlocks a whole different level of content because if one person is thinking there are many more as well who are thinking it.

    One of my best articles came from a business friend asking me practical questions from conversations he was having in a roundtable with high level CEO's of companies. That is target rich right there!!!

    So in addition to all of the great ideas you offered, take the time to build the relationship with your audience and then listen, listen and listen some more. It will increase your readership, engagement through comments and social shares that will contribute to more sales.

    Thanks for such a great article!

    ~ Don Purdum

    1. Hi, Don,

      I really appreciate you sharing your story with us! You have great experience and I'm sure my readers will be glad to have this info.

      Thanks for your comment today.
      Sue

  20. Hello!

    Great Article. I take up the idea of meditating each time I get bored of writing new posts or when I lack creativity. I really appreciate your thoughts on this subject.

    Thanks

  21. Hello,

    This is really a great post and I personally like the music and listening to music make me feel better.

    Thanks for this great post.

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