Where do ideas and inspiration come from? For me, it comes from being around people who are similar to me – artists. I find joy, inspiration, and encouragement from people striving to create – whether it be writing, sculpting, singing or playing an instrument. Art in all forms digs down deep into my soul and starts a fire that cannot be quenched until I begin to create myself.
During conference last week, there were no shortages of talented people from which to draw inspiration. Like our St. Davids Sanctified Ukulele Band. (For video – check out the St. Davids Christian Writers Facebook page) Yes, ukuleles…and a guitar and a stray washboard. And singing. It is hard to squash down your own talents when surrounded by the beauty and talent of others. Especially when they are so crazy and quirky as this bunch.
Where do ideas come from? Teachers and mentors who provide instruction and encouragement to keep chasing your dreams. Bob Hostetler’s keynote speech began with a story about NOT fulfilling your God given talents. His story-telling was so poignant and soul-searching that I knew I would be challenged and provoked for the rest of the week. And I was right.
Bob continued to inspire me in his Non-Fiction class over the next three days. He used countless examples of non-fiction writers who shine in their craft, giving me ideas of where to submit my work, how to hone my work and even how to sell myself.
Cindy Sproles not only taught a devotion class that encouraged me to excel in my writing skills, but also spoke with me personally about a devotional book I’m working on. She opened up her heart and expertise to me, but more importantly, she inspired me with her own work (New Sheets), which is a book that is similar to the book I want to create. With her insight (another good “I” word!) I felt like my dream was possible. (not “I”mpossible)
Now that I’m back in my “normal” life setting, and not surrounded 24-7 by these inspiring people, I must find inspiration and ideas from my everyday life. Like this piece of artwork I found while walking.
Or this awe-inspiring architecture of God’s house.
Or the sun streaming across this meadow.
As I assimilate myself back into “normal” living, I strive to find inspiration from God’s world around me and cultivate the ideas He has ingrained in me.