Part 2 of the Pursuing Inspiration series.
As I said in my last post, the library is a wonderful source for inspiration. Sadly, though, the library is not open 24/7. Thankfully, even when the library is closed (be it for holiday, employee training day, or simply outside of normal operating hours), the internet is not. So when you’re desperate for a muse at 9:01 pm on Columbus Day, check out a random Wikipedia article (or if you’re a stickler for ‘real’ encyclopedias, go to Encyclopedia Britannica’s website; however, it lacks a random search option). If the subject is uninteresting, move on to another article. Repeat as necessary. Don’t be afraid to follow interesting leads pertaining to completely unrelated topics. That’s the adventure of learning. At the very least, you will have something interesting to say the next time a conversation falls into awkward silence. And if you are a very abstract thinker, try connecting multiple random articles together in story form; it’s quite the imagination workout.
But be warned: It is entirely possible to get sucked into this wormhole of knowledge you forget what you were searching for in the first place and are reading an article on buried treasure when you had started out with an article on Britain’s parliamentary system hours earlier.