I spent many a long hour in hibernation this month due to endless rain, a few bouts of illness, and being glued to my desk as I finished writing my cookbook manuscript. Here are the things that prevented me from going stir crazy at the same time they motivated me into the wee hours:
Keep your eyes open and you’ll find inspiration everywhere.
I was given that nugget of wisdom ages ago and it’s something I still carry with me. Of course, it’s important to not only look for inspiration but also to cultivate it. A few months back, I made my book mood board as a source of culinary inspiration while I r&d-d the recipes for my book, and it was loads of help as I logged in hours at the stove. But, in this age of constant information, where there’s a flood of things to look out for, it’s essential to buck inspirational ADD and distill it down.
In attempts to do so, I’m going to start compiling a list of the things that inspire me each month — like a mood board in list form. Here’s this month’s finds:
Sometimes I just can’t get in the mood. I’ll sit down to write and it’s like my creative juju is jinxed. The worst part is that, like a bad houseguest, writer’s block (aka recipe developer’s block or blogger’s block) shows up without the slightest indication of when it plans on leaving. Even more frustrating is that it is too often conveniently coordinated with an impending deadline.
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A few of my favorite reads from this week of internet explorations…
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