Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Guest Post by poet Grace

This week's guest post is by my dear friend Grace, from Poems and Ponderings. She has created a beautiful post about inspiration. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did.

It’s a silly, wild, elusive little thing, isn’t it? So necessary to art and writing and life, yet so often hard to catch.
Pinned ImageCatch? Hmmm. No, that’s not quite right...
Inspiration may elude or even run from us, but it is not something that can be captured. It was not made to be caught and tamed, put on display and wondered at.
Oh, but it certainly is something to be wondered at. It is quite possibly the very life-blood of a writer’s existence.
So why does it seem so hard to come by sometimes? That we can sit and stare at paper or screen for hours and have nothing to say, no words to describe, no ideas to present...
Ahhhhh, writer’s block! We moan. We doodle. We daydream. We poke around on Pinterest. But nothing comes...must just be out of inspiration. It must be hiding again...hmmm.
Well maybe it’s not quite so rare as we might think.
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What if we could open our eyes to see that inspiration really is in and all around us – the people we know and the strangers we don’t, the world we live in and the places in us that we no longer visit? What if I told you that inspiration is all about how you see the world around you and yourself and the things you write or sing or draw about?
(Because let’s face it, we’re all artists whether our tools are paint and canvas or pen and paper or keys and computer screen...but you knew that.)
Our task is to capture the wonder of people and life and emotion through story and words, to inspire our readers, to find it for ourselves...
Pinned ImageWait what? Write to be amazed ourselves? Oh but don’t we? Isn't that the first reason we write – to discover for ourselves the wonder of a beautifully described character, a perfectly conveyed emotion, a scene so clear you can see it, a line of poetry so pure it gives you shivers?
We write ourselves into other lands and other people and other times. We write ourselves in and out of emotions and joy and pain.
And inspiration fuels it all.
What is inspiration really?
I looked it up and one resource defined inspiration as “the act of drawing in.” I like that. It’s so true.
When we open our eyes to the little things around us – the way the sun catches the autumn trees, the mischievous grin of your favorite two-year-old, the friendly twinkle in the eye of that old lady in front of you at the grocery store, that song that comes on the radio at just the right time – drawing in all those things that make it worth climbing out from the warm covers into the freezing room in the morning...that’s where inspiration flows freely from the world and into us and then out of our fingers onto paper and screen.
That’s when you realize that all the inspiration you need is right there in your backyard and your house and yourself – like that funny quirk your neighbor has of standing by the mailbox and throwing away half his mail without opening it, or your little brother’s habit of singing while he does the dishes, or the way you turn to writing when you’re trying to figure something out.
It’s all right there. We just have to learn how to see...

Grace is the oldest of six crazy kids. She loves Jesus, books, writing, poetry, music, and making treats for her family. In her free time you can most likely find her with her nose in a good book or playing around on her dad’s guitar. Someday she hopes to write bible studies, finish her two novels-in-progress, and publish an anthology of her poetry and prose.
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  1. A very true post. And it was... inspiring!! :) I live with writers block (we're roommates) and frustrating just about sums it up. So sometimes, we're the block? I reckon you're right. :) Loved your guest post!

    1. Thank you! I'm glad you liked it. Yeah...writers block and I are pretty tight! I think learning to break through it takes a lifetime haha...but there are certainly things that help!
      Thank you again!

  2. Great Post! I'm always thinking about inspiration . . . the cruel, fascinating, beautiful, frustrating thing!

    P.S. Caitria, have you ever seen goodreads.com? It's kind of a social media website that revolves around books, and it's also a fabulous place to find quotes. You should check it out =)

    1. YES! I just found it last week!! I'm pretty excited to to figure it out! And I am LOVING the quotes. Thats how I found it. I was looking up quotes, lol! Thanks!

    2. Awesome! Send me a friend request ;)


    3. I did!!! Thanks! That's cool. My first friend! Now off to see if I have any more... how fun! :D

    4. Thank you! And I'll have to check that website out. It sounds interesting!

  3. Fantastic post! So lovely, and so true!
    now . . . i'm off to go and stare at things until inspiration comes back to me ;)