Whenever I need a creative boost, I look to independent magazines and photo journals like Kinfolk, Apartamento, Cereal, Darling, Another, Dazed, and more. A few of the pick-up spots are BOX cafe, Wilder, and Wheat & Co.
Other sources of my inspiration can be found in independent films or shorts, acoustic music, and coffee shops. Nothing makes you ponder life more than a warm cup of coffee on a dreary day. Throw in a little John Mayer, Lumineers, or Ben Howard and let your mind drift. Check out my favorite playlist for inspiration here.
It’s a love-hate relationship with my creativity. Some days, I can hardly pause to eat because I have so many ideas. I’ll wake up at 3 AM and spend two hours jotting down word after word. But other days, I have to force myself to approach that same pen and paper I was so pumped about the day before (Yes, I still hand write). I think that creativity is one of the most over-referenced and under-appreciated skills today. It’s something to give time and energy to, and it’s something that needs to be practiced in order to be fully effective.
If I need a little boost for my writing, I read a poem from Aracelis Girmay and let the words soak in for a minute. Then I read it again and attempt to understand it. I inhale the hippy sweat and drummer smoke inside Portland Brew, tell myself it’s okay that I would have never thought to use a fat persimmon as a symbol, and take myself back to the basics. What’s my angle? What’s my rhythm? What is the overall emotion I am trying to portray?
We would love to hear what inspires you in the comments below!