It's always a challenge to try to figure out what to write or blog about and I find that having a solid topic in mind is having half the battle won. It's always interesting to hear how other writers do it and fortunately, I came across this Youtube video of Elizabeth Gilbert which I'd love to share with you. Here she talks about the creative process. Particularly, she speaks here about where she finds inspiration and generallly what her writing process / routine is like.
Like her, I find conversations with people quite helpful but I must admit that this is something I don't actively seek. Conversations with strangers mostly just stress me out and rarely do they offer potential material given my style of writing. Don't get me wrong though. I'm not discounting the possibility of finding a gem of a topic given such circumstances. All I know is that generally, it's my conversations with intimate friends that produce creative sparks and intriguing insights that I enjoy exploring.
When I am struggling, I also find that just going out and being with nature inspires something in me. For the most part, expect that the result will be something with a sentimental, or even romantic tone.
As far as the writing process per se goes, I always need to be in a quiet and relatively isolated zone. I find it impossible to follow my thoughts coherently and allow the words to flow well when I'm distracted or when something external is competing with my internal 'noise'.
Lastly, and this I have just recently observed, oddly I find that I seem to be able to write better, easier and faster, when I am using my netbook rather than my other bigger laptop (which now functions more like a desktop since it's perpetually plugged in and can't be taken anywhere). Somehow, this netbook makes me feel more like a 'writer'. It doesn't make sense and it may sound strange but it seems to work! Don't ask my why or how because I know it doesn't have anything to do with 'location'. Even when the netbook is in the same room as the other laptop, the likelihood of me being able to actually produce something is higher with the netbook than with the bigger laptop...Weird!
Do you have any quirks yourself that help you in the writing or creative process? What do you do or where do you go when you feel uninspired and are struggling to find a good topic to write about?