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#MicroblogMondays 39 – Creativity and Inspiration

I used to operate under the assumption that inspiration was a random, capricious, and ultimately frustrating phenomenon beyond my control, revealing itself only when it chose to do so (often at the most inopportune times!)… and if I missed recognizing it or failed to act on it, anything creative that might have emerged from it was gone for good (or at least until the next time it decided to show its face).

I don’t believe that anymore.

Oh, certainly, it can (and does) happen in that oh-so-magical way – at times – and it’s important to keep one’s eyes, ears, and spirit open to see it and use it. But don’t wait for it! By taking a far more practical (but no less creative) approach, inspiration can be actively sought at any time, on any day, through a variety of methods and strategies.

If you’ve been following Alphabet Salad for awhile, you’ll know that one of the ways I seek inspiration is through participating in photography challenges. Instead of waiting around until I happen to notice the perfect shot, I’m learning to take creativity into my own hands by using daily challenge prompts to inspire a beautiful, or clever, or inventive photo in response. It may not work every time, and the process may sound rather forced and unromantic, but I’m grateful for the way such exercises stretch my thinking and motivate me to look a little deeper instead of passively waiting and hoping for that lightning strike of inspiration to hit.

So in that vein, and without further ado, here are my responses to the latest “Photo” theme prompts for NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month).

Hope you enjoy!

May 1 photo in this post
May 2-4 photos in this post
May 5-8 photos in this post
May 9 photo in this post
May 10-11 photos in this post
May 12-18 photos in this post
May 19-21 photos in this post

May 22 – Inside

NaBloPoMo May 22, 2015 - Inside

NaBloPoMo May 22, 2015 – Inside

May 23 – Outside

NaBloPoMo May 23, 2015 - Outside

NaBloPoMo May 23, 2015 – Outside

May 24 – Upside Down

NaBloPoMo May 24, 2015 - Upside Down

NaBloPoMo May 24, 2015 – Upside Down

May 25 – Nature

NaBloPoMo May 25, 2015 - Nature

NaBloPoMo May 25, 2015 – Nature

How do you seek inspiration?
Please share!

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Laurel Storey, CZT – Certified Zentangle Teacher. Writer, reader, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.

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