Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Inspiration Wednesday...

  Lupe Fiasco's song Superstar has a line in it that always gets me motivated to keep pushing myself in my writing:

"The world brought me to my knees
What have you brung you?
Did you improve on the design?
Did you do something new?"

Doing something new can sometimes feel impossible when it comes to writing picture books.  I mean, how can there possibly be anything new to say about bears??  But still authors find a way. This year's SCBWI Crystal Kite Award finalists for WWA alone include 3 picture books about yes, bears!
Ingenuity in writing is all about twisting the boundaries of creativity, testing the limits of your imagination and trying to see your world upside-down, topsy-turvey, from innovative new perspectives.    What can you bring to the writing world that is uniquely yours?
Your voice, your art, your vision.
So bring it!

If you need some creative inspiration I say revert back to your favorite childhood activities~

try finger painting, the messier the better; or mold something out of clay; jump on a trampoline; ride a bike; skip; sing out loud; DANCE; build a fort; go fly a kite; just do something FUN and unexpected, get yourself out of your comfort zone and let the creative juices flow...

1 comment:

  1. are so right. I need to get out of my comfort zone. I'm not sure I'm even comfortable in my comfort zone! Thanks for the inspiration.