Y is for Yeasty

Yeast·y  /ˈyēstē/ 2. Characterized by or producing upheaval or agitation; in a state of turbulence, typically a creative or productive one.

Mantra GlowWe 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.


letter yHave you ever woken from a sound sleep to stumble  into the office for a pen and paper because you have to Write. It. Down. Right. Now.?

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)
  • Reading
  • Prune plants
  • Draw

Brute Force

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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  1. My surefire way of being inspired is to sit at my patio in the warm months with journal, pen, and a cup of coffee in the morning. Maybe I need a sunlamp and posters of Hawaii for the rest of the year ;-/

    Prose is easier to inspire for me than poetry, but still needs a jumpstart. Percolating in the mind helps, but going out in the community doing random things is really the best method.
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    • Sunlamps rock. One of the reasons I train my tropical plants to live in the house is because it means I have flowers when everyone else has snow. 😉 xxx

  2. My moments come at anytime, sometimes simply staring across the desk at someone who does not engage me, my mind wanders. Other times it is simply the early morning hours before others are awake.

    I keep a hand written journal and an on-line journal. When I travel I also keep one on my iPad.
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  3. I thought this post was about some women’s health issue.
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  4. Ha ha, health issue, that’s funny. I thought of bread baking and that yeasty fragrance as its rising!
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  5. I love it when the Muse is Yeasty.

    I thought I wasn’t seeing correctly when I began reading this post. Yeasty. Imagine that.
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  6. Great concept, yeast keeps the dough rising and ideas expanding. Want a guaranteed way to be creative? Commit yourself to doing a few hours of absolutely mindless, mundane, boring work. After an hour or so, the muse will do anything, including getting yeasty and creative –to get out of boring work. “:)
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    • LOL! Mantra goes on strike… or walkabout. She hates boring and thinks it is self-inflicted nonsense.

  7. I daydream! 🙂

    I have some great ideas and play with them to get a better finish, but they all begin with daydreams! 🙂

    God Bless!

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  8. I often write down snippets of ideas but then whether or not I use them is another story entirely 🙂 lol

    Have a lovely start to your Tuesday Red 🙂 xxxx

    • I have them all over the place. I found a receipt I had written on the back of (because it was handy). Now, the receipt is faded away. I put it back in my purse. I can re-reuse it. LOL! Hope your week is off to a good start.

  9. Yeasty? I never knew I was yeasty.

    I have had so many “odd” thoughts or out of place thoughts that I end playing “word association” with. It’s amazing how something pops in the head, when I try to make sense of it it leads me to a place I didn’t know existed that needs written about.
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  10. This! Every @$@#$ing day.
    “All you can hear is the voice of the Muse (singing, speaking, shrieking) at you to stop being mundane and write.”

    Sometimes I tell him to shut up, but he never listens.

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