A major part of creativity is seeking inspiration. If you only pull your ideas from inside your own head, after a while you will run out! That’s why so many creative people live in fear of running out of ideas, and why so many people stall out creatively once their lives settle into a daily routine. Inspiration comes from branching out, learning, and trying new things.
One way that I’m seeking new inspiration in 2013 is to attempt to read 100 books. Now, I’m a comparatively slow reader, and I never quite believe people who say they read 100 or more books every year — they can’t possibly be absorbing all the information if they’re speeding through like that! But I’m setting this goal nonetheless.
My list so far includes classics, comic books, biographies, spiritual guides, poetry, and much more. Some of what I want to read relates directly to my writing projects, such as the NaNoWriMo novel that nearly gave me a nervous breakdown in 2012. Others are books I’ve always been curious about or things other people have suggested.
As we move through the year, I’ll be posting occasionally about the books I read and what I’m learning from them. If you have a book you’d like to suggest, please let me know in the comments!
Want to read along with me? Come join me on Goodreads!