Yeast·y /ˈyēstē/ 2. Characterized by or producing upheaval or agitation; in a state of turbulence, typically a creative or productive one.
We give a lot of names to the upheaval and agitation. Anger produces rants and rhetoric. Sadness, grief and joy produce poetry. Humor and imagination create fiction. Most of us call emotion an impetus.
Cathartic writing, especially memoirs, are a mixture of many emotions and any impetus will do to begin the process. Reflection and introspective writing triggers awakening, emotionally and philosophically. Analytic writing and reporting often lead to change.
Others subscribe it all to The Muse. None of us can deny The Muse is always yeasty.
You are looking at someone. You see their mouth moving. You know they are speaking. All you can hear is the voice of the Muse (singing, speaking, shrieking) at you to stop being mundane and write.
Whether quiet spaces, noisy exchanges or dreams, inspiration is all around us. We use it to defeat writer’s block, get out of a slump, change our mood, celebrate, commiserate, interact and create.
With the spontaneous strike of inspiration, it is possible to be misled into believing we cannot replicate it. Knowing what inspires you, or has inspired you previously, means you can produce similar effects.
- Nature walk
- Playing with a pet
- Reading about history
- Talking to elders or children
- Listening to music (lyrics optional)
- Prune plants
Another effective way to keep the turbulence is to simply stir the pot. Writing everything which comes to mind is a wellspring of ideas. Even if what is on your mind is not particularly what you had in mind for being creative, you can engage in a quick game of word association to bring you to your topic or simply open the door for you to try something completely new.
What do you do to keep yeasty? Do you have a surefire way of finding inspiration?
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