The Creative Inspiration

Do you ever just sit in front of a blank word or pages document, or just a blank sheet of paper, waiting to be filled? If you’re writing an essay, a short story or article, it takes immense patience and creativity to get it down. Tonnes of writers and graphic novelists take their own time thinking and writing, yet it isn’t always at easy as it sounds. It’s our ideas and our work. It’s our space to express what we want to say. Then how does it get so hard? And if you love writing and you’re facing a “creativity block” how do you get unstuck? I’ve looked at some of the world’s most famous writers, like J.K Rowling or William Shakespeare, and wondered, where did they get those ideas from?

The enthusiasm to write, draw or create comes from inspiration we see around-either from nature, commercials or quotes from famous people. Most of what we’re thinking or writing about is our own space, yet influence creeps in everywhere. Most fiction writers have their stories set in their own home countries, where most of their protagonists or characters, real or imaginary are based on people they already know. Likewise, the ideology or story behind most novels and short stories are based on their own experiences or wishes. Still, most writers believe writing about what they wish and what they are passionate about. But how do we make our ideas truly original, and make them stand out? One of the biggest problems writers have are of external pressure and expectations. If it’s a school or college assignment, a newsletter article, or even a college application essay, the writer thinks from the point of view of the reader. Is it motivating or deep? Is it humorous or engaging? Have the references been made appropriately? is it like the previous few articles, that addict the readers? Is it like anyone else’s work that could subject me to plagiarism? And most importantly, will it influence the reader into reading more of my work?

When I was younger, I used to love writing poems. When I look back at them, I laugh and think to myself, “This is such trash!” But my parents probably told me then, “It’s wonderful! You should write more!” And looking back at this, I finally realised the difference and diversity each writer carries, and the different eyes through which readers read it. Each person’s experiences changes a tiny part of them each time, and that’s why I’ve updated to blog writing from poems. At one level, I’m satisfied with my writing, but at another level, I know that I’ll look at this blog decades from now and scoff at my ideas. You can’t please the same readers again, but on the positive side, there are a whole bunch of new readers waiting to read your stories. There is no such thing as the “best” writer-each targets a different age group, genre and vocabulary level. I love reading, but I’ve barely made through the first two Harry Potter books. Besides, just a few months ago, Chetan Bhagat’s new novel-“Half Girlfriend” came out with terrible reviews by all top critics. After reading it despite the reviews, I’m now addicted to the novel and can read it any number of times. It isn’t that I have a bad taste, but I’m a person who looks more realistic, shallower novels with a set historical and social context rather than heaps of fantasy.

On a similar note, we were running short of articles for our school newspaper in one particular issue, such that the organiser himself had to write an article. Being the first batch, we had exactly and only 49 students in our whole school, so this guy wrote an article on “The mystery of the 50th student” and questioned, what would the student be doing now? And how different would it be to have a full fifty, instead of forty nine? It was merely out of imagination, not a story, but just a different option that the school’s admission team could have taken. It wasn’t a super serious report on any event, but he’d simply filled out pages with his imagination. This gave us another insight on something so simple.

I’d started out this article with a blank Word Press document, but now it’s now one of my longest articles. if you’re a writer, graphic novelist, artist, or any sort of creator, you’ll always start out with that blank page. When you start creating, pick out an idea you like and find interest in. Let it just grow from there, and before you know it, you’ll be satisfied with your creation. Don’t worry about the general public, readers, viewers or audience, just remember that the best stories are often untold.

Our Environmental guide

For one of our music class assignments, we had to compose a song. The first step of the entire process was composition of lyrics, for which we’d gone outside in the open, thinking about “What was most important to us”. Since our school was far from the city, it was rather deserted-there was dead grass and leaves all around.  It was a gorgeous spring day; birds circles trees, chirping noisily, the sun glistened on the leaves, and students sat under trees, each with a pen and journal in our hand. We sat in peace, looking around.

It isn’t just a myth that people happen to be in “awe” or calmness when they’re in nature. The grass, trees, bugs and natural surroundings have the ability to turn someone on when they’re outside; for instance, as people can self-reflect, find solutions to problems and get most creative when they’re out in the open. This especially applies to students from my school, as we’re constantly given assignments or tests requiring essays, videos or documentaries, for which we don’t only have to know the context well, but also make sure that the outcome of our project interesting enough for the viewer or reader. Besides service, activities, assignments, General events and visitors, most students and teachers are rather calm. There’s never a hurry or emergency to go anywhere or do anything, events just flow as they’re meant too. We think differently, without boundaries, finding opportunity for a better day or place. Of course, we face stress, anger, jealousy, homesickness and anxiety like everyone else, but at at one level, being in a small town 150kms north of Tokyo isolates us from the busy world with it’s problems. It’s also the reason why tonnes on people, after retirement aim towards living in a cottage or house in a little town or village, away from civilisation, or watch discovery channel or animal planet on TV; because wildlife over the world, the animals and plants are just so amazing.

On the other hand, those who live in developing countries or crowded cities are constantly rushed. When I lived in Chennai in India, my life had a fixed schedule which I followed. I didn’t imagine doing something different to what I’d always be doing, and woke up every morning knowing what to expect. My parents and elder relatives where under constant stress, having to manage household and work responsibilities simultaneously-if someone fell ill, had to go somewhere, if there’s a power cut or the grocery store is closed; or did something that went against this schedule, all hell broke loose at home. We lived a symbiotic relationship-a disruption in one person’s schedule would change everyone’s day, or week.

Either ways, whether you’re down to nature’s roots in a village or the countryside, or living among a human-based world in the city, you’re gaining one thing and missing out on the other. In terms of their style of living, how they view the lives and tastes of others, which at one level makes us judgemental. The vast differences in location and style of living-a mansion, cottage, building or dormitory, this symbolises the enormous leap that human life has taken.