- Zacharia Wilson
- Block Island, RI
- United States
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Inspiration is found in a change of perception.
People often ask me what it is that inspires my art, these whimsical words I write, and I’ve decided to share my secret so all may see what I see; perceive as I perceive.
When I first began writing, I, too, had problems finding inspiration. Sure, strong emotions and vivid images could stir something within my poetic soul, and I would write a poem. But what was it that was stirred within me; what actually was the inspiration?
I pondered this for a long time, while pushing through the fog of writer’s block and trying to scratch out a few semi-decent poems worth the time it took to create them. As I did this I searched my world for inspiring things; amazing photos on the internet, successful authors practiced words, but while I could feel inspired by these things, I still was not in control of my inspiration, and thus knew I wasn’t in control of my writing.
Eventually I had an breakthrough. I described my lack of inspiration as a fog, and I realized that a fog is exactly what it is; and what does fog do but blur your perception of the world. And thus I realized that the problem I had wasn’t a lack of inspiring things in the world around me, but in the way I viewed the world. And so I created a challenge for myself.
Whenever I was seeking inspiration, instead of looking for grand images, I cast my gaze to the world around me and picked a random item. I would then study this item, every minute detail I could see; all the ways I imagined it interacting with it’s surroundings, how it might have gotten there. Anything and everything I could imagine about it. I would study this item until I found something in it that struck me as beautiful, and then I would write a poem about it.
Obviously this was not an easy thing to do at first, but I persevered and eventually it became easier. After a while, you find yourself doing it even when you aren’t writing, and then, if you do it long enough, you’ll begin to see the beauty that is in everything around us.