The weather’s a funny thing. All of last week here in the Carolinas was cold and windy. The weekend saw a high of 71 before dropping back down to mid-thirties. Yesterday the sky was dark and it rained pellets for the majority of the day. And today—well, you guessed it. Sunshine.
I watched the much-needed rainfall all day yesterday and listened to the pitter patter of the raindrops. There’d been a hint of gloom alongside the grey clouds, overshadowing the day. It made me feel very “blah” and left me uninspired.
This morning, however, I watched the sun rise over the horizon—something I can do because I live in the middle of nowhere, on top of a hill, and surrounded by trees behind me and the most incredible view of rolling hills as far as the eye can see before me. But I watched the sun rise, the sky glow orange with the changing color of day, felt already the warmth of the coming day and listened to the chirping of birds and crowing of chickens (yes, we have chickens—lots of them), and I thought, “Wow.”
That feeling I had at roughly 7am this morning I wish I could bottle to pull out for later use. The feeling is inspiration.
Oftentimes, we as writers lose our way and our beliefs in ourselves and our writing. We no longer find the joy in writing, are tired of our characters and/or stories, lose sight of the reason we want to be writers, and a million other problems.
But because we are affected by these on a daily level, it is extremely important to take a moment out of each of your day (I’d recommend early in the morning or late in the afternoon), to allow yourself to just soak up your surroundings and find that must-have daily dose of inspiration. Stand on the porch and feel the breeze in your face, smell the crisp scent of the early morning or late afternoon sky, watch the thin red glow on the horizon grow stronger and change colors as the day progresses, listen to the tranquility to be had in stealing this one small moment for yours, and savor the contentment that seeps deep into the pores of your body .
Today I’ve been inspired to write more, to be a better person, and to live life with meaning and purpose. I challenge each of you to be inspired every day and see what a different it’ll make in your writing!
Happy writings and enjoy this gorgeous, awe-inspiring day!