Saturday, April 21, 2012

Nature Inspired

One of my favorite things to do to help me relax or unwind is to enjoy the outdoors especially during the spring time.  The smell of budding flowers and spring rains bring about a sense of new beginnings but also a jump start into the creative writing world.

I find that taking a walk along a wooded area, stream, or within a quiet park often inspires me with a story.  My mind begins to wonder about the past life of a character I've been stewing over or even about the struggles my hero/heroine may be facing.  

It's amazing how stepping out for just a thirty minute walk or meditation in the sunlight can invigorate my creativity.  I'm not quite sure if it's the sun's rays or just the fresh air that awakens my subconscious.  Whatever it is, I believe it's definitely a simple; however, an effective way to rejuvenate a stalled story line or produce a new project. 

Even watching squirrels as they play can get my mind spinning about a fight scene between the hero and villain. The mating dance of birds also provide some stimulating love scene ideas for a story.  Yes, it's quite the show observing these detailed; yet, simple displays of nature within its own environment. 

So, does nature inspire your stories or stimulates your creative side?  Is there something else which gets your subconscious mind to take over with story ideas or plots?  I'd love to hear what's worked for you.  


  1. I love taking a walk outside to refresh my mind, especially for writing. If I'm trying to figure out where a scene is going then I take a walk and mull it over. More often than not, it works. I'm an outdoors person, kind of. Not that I want to live as a hermit in the woods, lol, but that I love the sunshine and warmer temps of spring and summer!
    Great post! Think I'm going to take a walk now ;)

  2. JD, I love long walks-but not as much as I used to because of allergies these days. Growing up, I had a special place to walk out on a hill behind our house where my imagination soared. Thanks for the thoughtful post.

  3. I love to sit on my front porch in the morning with a cup of coffee and my laptop. Of course I'm usually not there very long before the kid next door (or...the village idiot as my hubby so fondly calls him) starts working on his truck speakers or revving his darn four wheeler. I live in town...not too many places to go to get away from it all. Good post, as usual, J.D. And congrats on the engagement!
    Love ya!

  4. I have 14 horses , 4 dogs and 1 cat. Each week I write 2 blog posts. So I am always looking for ideas to write about.
    When I am out side in the barn feeding horses or watching the dog romp in the yard I get lots of ideas to go back in and write.
    When ever I get stuck for some thing I go for a ride or a walk. Helps me a lot!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Btw, I love your Squirrels!