“To talk to each other is but a more animated and audible thinking.” – Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre
Part 5 of the Pursuing Inspiration series.
So you’ve tried everything: you’ve spent so much time in the bookshelves that people think you work at the library, you’ve actually found the edge of the internet, you know the geography of the tri-county area better than Google Maps does, and you have ransacked your records several times over for lost moments of genius. Yet you still have the creative ambition of a doorknob. What now?
“As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” – Proverbs 27:17 (NLT)
Do you know anyone you find particularly inspiring? Someone you go to when you have a light bulb moment?
Conversation is invaluable when it comes to generating and developing ideas. It can follow a specific topic or be completely random. Bounce thoughts off each other, no matter how crazy or off-the-wall they seem.
Discussion cultivates ideas; debate refines them. Go over works-in-progress together. Sometimes what you need is a sharp editor to point out both the flaws and the diamonds of your work, and other times just hearing your ideas spoken out loud and from another perspective is enough.
Go adventuring together. Some of the best ideas can only come from the interminable duration and unpredictability of road trips, and having a travel buddy makes exploring new destinations that much more exciting.
So go grab a friend or two and go hunting for inspiration together! The memories will last a lifetime, even if the muse eludes you.
Who’s your sounding board? Friend, family, colleague?