The idea engine
Inspiration, you can’t find it with a search engine. Do not think for one moment your buddy is going to hold your hand and lead you to it. Inspiration is never going to come from something on the outside. You must point the finger right back at yourself. This is the game changer, you are your best source of inspiration. But only if you’re honest with yourself and you take responsibility.
Being honest with yourself means to look at your experiences and put those moments into your work. Think about something that happened to you just a moment ago… a look, a smell, a taste, even a touch. Anything that triggered a feeling. These moments come and go, but some of them stick. Good and bad they are all fodder for your creative canvas and are priceless.
This is how so many who are successful: comedians, musicians, poets, etc… reach so many. They use the most valuable resource they have, the endless narrative they draw from which is their own experiences from everyday life. Think of all the comedians who do this, the ones you laugh the hardest at are sharing their world view. How about the most amazing food you’ve tasted in a restaurant? This is all the result of drawing upon those life experiences and sharing them. We are bombarded with moments all around us constantly, pay attention and note them down when you realize a moment has struck you in some fashion. Good, bad, melancholy, astounding, blessed, fearful, all of it is paint for your canvas.
Realize that these are the moments that cause a reaction in yourself first. No matter how small or large the moment, as long as it meant something to you at the time is all that matters. The bigger part is realizing you have to share it with the world and let go of any notions that people will think it sucks. Here’s the key that was given to me and I shall pass it onto you, stop giving a crap what other people may or may not think of what you share with them. If what you are sharing in your work means something to you, then you’ve added value to that work, which in turn makes the work priceless and meaningful. This is what means to put yourself into your work.
Keep looking to yourself for your material and you will come to realize, creativity and inspiration comes from within and this causes you to become responsible and dependent on yourself and nobody else.