Monday, April 29, 2013

On inspiration

A friend recently asked what hinders my creativity and what helps. That's easy.

What hinders:

1. Too much time spent online
2. Too much time spent alone
3. Too much time spent in the same town with the same people
4. Stress
5. Mood swings
6. Fear and/or discouragement
7. Being a perfectionist
8. Being ill
9. Life
10. The view

What helps:

1. A deadline
2. An audience
3. A great idea (my own or someone else's)
4. New faces and places
5. New knowledge
6. New experiences
7. Practice
8. A good night's rest
9. Life
10. The view

Stuff that surprisingly doesn't usually make much difference:

1. Praise
2. Chocolate
3. The promise of publication

Because cat pictures are always relevant.