on inspiration.

10.26.2011

It's a fickle thing, inspiration. It comes and goes in waves, some big and towering, some small but still powerful, some just ripples on the breeze. Inspiration cannot be sought -- it just comes. And when it does come, you'd better grab it and hang on for the ride.

Getting started is the hardest. There's this place of too little and too much -- and, especially in writing, when I'm determined to keep it short and sweet, I find myself with triple the amount I'd originally been shooting for. But on the other hand, that's not always a bad thing. What starts with one sentence seems to weave itself, growing and expanding on its own and leaving me with a piece of art in the end.

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One of the questions I'm asked more frequently is how to create and maintain inspiration. I'm hesitant to rattle off a list of tips because that would make me sound like I know what I'm doing, when more often than not, I really don't. It's hard to make yourself inspired, but there are a few things I've found help me on my way.

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>>browse the prettiest blogs/websites you know
>>take a break from all electronics, lay on the grass and watch the clouds. 
>>take pictures
>>look at all the things around you and write sentences in your head, describing them as accurately and prettily as you know

>>think. daydream. get lost in your own thoughts.
>>bake something
>>change your environment and go on an adventure

>>read a book
>>listen to music
>>and finally, have an open mind.

I think you'll find that inspiration comes when you're least expecting it.

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What are some of your tips when you want to feel inspired?

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xo

27 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos, Carlotta. :) I love the one with the sunlight.

    Neat poncho! It's very mexican-esque. I wish I could buy it. :)

    Love,
    ~bree

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  2. i love your flowing thought process in this whole thing. i agree, it is the start that is the hardest part. but soon...the flow comes and runs through it all.

    this is really gorgeous, sweet girl.

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  3. love this post Carlotta! i don't try to hard to find my inspiration. i've found that just living without inspiration will somehow help me find it. confusing, but it works! :)

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  4. What a wonderful post, Carlotta!
    I get my inspiration from music, reading, blogs/websites, pictures, and taking nice long walks. And I also get my inspiration from my friends, my friends are great inspiration!

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  5. i totally agree with you. when i want to feel inspired i of course read your lovely blog, but mostly, listen to music. soundtracks, honestly. i stray from the world's trends and listen to some of john william's scores. "cadillac of the skies" from empire of the sun, or even danny elfman's "ice dance" from edward scissorhands. then, when i'm finished, i usually sit down at my computer, and write. i'm afraid i don't have much time to lie in the grass and stare at the clouds, or take walks or do anything or that sort for that matter, for now, indoor inspiration suits me just fine.

    great post :))
    -jocee <3

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  6. mhmm...getting started is always the hardest part. I agree with most all of your list, and would only add: dance.

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  7. Lovely post Carlotta! I really like the part about looking at all the things around you part and writing them down prettily. :) I think I'm just going to have to do that! :)

    Beautiful pictures!

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  8. This is splendid, carlotta. I agree with these and it was most helpful!

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  9. I feel like for me at least, inspiration is directly related to how much time I spend writing. A few months ago Seth Godin wrote a blog post saying that no one suffers from talkers block, so why do we have writers block? He said to write every day, and I've been trying to do that. I've found that when I put a legitimate effort into writing and making my words beautiful, I come out more inspired.

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  10. I love your boots!!!

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  11. yesss. i wholeheartedly agree with your tips. and beautiful words & photos as always, friend.

    ps. alina quite the beautiful model. i'll take the poncho, please. ;)

    twin sister.

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  12. I need to be at that pond right now! So pretty. I've done a lot of the things on your list before, and they sure helped! :)

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  13. Thanks so much for the tips, Carlotta! I'll be sure to use them. This post was quite timely for me - I've been forcing poetry out with no inspiration flowing at all. It's quite frustrating.

    One great inspiration for me is you and your blog. Your site is amazingly popular, you're pretty and smart, you've started your own clothing line, and you have some of the most beautiful photography I've ever seen.

    I'm sorry if I sound all gushy and weird. :p

    PS - the pictures in this post alone are a wealth of inspiration! They look like they were taken in Fairyland.

    - Victoria (http://raindropsandmoonlight.blobspot.com)

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  14. shutting myself off from the world is often how i find inspiration, but all the things you've listed are things i do too.

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  15. this is a lovely post, it's very inspiring!

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  16. To me, inspiration comes from doing something. Finishing a project that I've left uncompleted, writing a letter to a sweet penpal, tidying my room and unearthing forgotten objects. I find that when I browse inspirational websites I get sucked in and suddenly, I have lost two hours. That is not good!
    I also keep an 'art journal'--a loose term for what is basically a mishmash of ideas, things to create, and photographs I love. It's brilliant to reawaken my creative side.

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  17. love the picture of the water!!! wonderful "piece of art" on inspiration.

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  18. Wonderful ideas!
    I found that pretty websites and being outside inspire me the most.
    ~simi

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  19. These are all true!
    I find that- number four- describing beautifully things- helps me most.
    xxx,
    ashlyn

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  20. Great post!! Love your photography, I just wish I lived in a place with more...nature. :)

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  21. amen, sistahh. totally agree with everything you said. totallllyyyy. i think i'm going to go and do all of them now.

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  22. I love your pictures! What you said about inspiration is so true. Sometimes it's just completely overwhelming and sometimes you can't seem to grab onto it. I'll definitely try your tips!

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  23. this is such a good list.

    and ps i adore your blog. your photos are amazing. your writing sumptuous.

    xoxo

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  24. You know, it's the strangest thing how I find ispiration at times..I'm writing a novel right now, and it all started just from looking at a picture.

    I loved this post, Carlotta! :)

    Hannah

    http://hannahherself.com/

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