Originally written for the New Moon Women’s Circle website
I love that moment when there’s a spark of inspiration, and I start writing or planning, and the result is a magical, beautiful work of art! Unfortunately…my muse does not whisper in my ears 24/7. But that doesn’t stop my creative process.
I am a post-it queen. When I think of songs that I want to sing, an idea for a story, a recipe idea, or even some other creative thought that’s not fully formed or actionable at that point, I write it on a post-it, stick it on my bedroom wall. After some time has passed, it will either grows into multiple post-its and be transferred to a notebook, or I will toss it. It may or may not turn into a full project, but the process is what is important. The post-it system provides me with that the freedom to unleash my wildest ideas regularly and keep the creativity flowing.
When the post-it wall does becomes larger project, it is richer with all the ideas that I have gleaned by connections, by throwing out things, by fleshing out the glimmer of half-formed thoughts. This constant flow of creativity provides the inspiration and the magic for my best projects. Creativity comes out of play and curiousity and practice. By rubbing the sticks together, a spark and flame may ignite; it is the tending of the flame that ignites a wildfire and creates magic. To quote Kermit the Frog, “keep believing, keep pretending.” That’s the key. Keep creating and the inspiration and magic will appear.