Cloud Talk

Today I was early for work, so I leaned back in my car and watched the clouds float by. It was a windy day and they were moving quickly.

Like Charlie Brown and friends, I sought images in the sky. First face I saw was a cameo-like profile of s woman. It morphed into the Grinch of Dr. Seuss fame, and then became nothing more than abstract poofs.

I moved on to the image of a mountain lion, and began to wonder if some legends of old found their start in cloud formations. I know the stars inspired some stories, but what about clouds?

What inspires stories, the tall tales or myths of today? We hear sometimes of odd prompts that influenced an author, songwriter or other artist. We don’t see the connection, but it’s there in the mind of the creator.

Where do you find inspiration when it eludes you? For some time now I’ve struggled with that problem. Frankly, it seems motivation is the bigger problem. I have none when it comes to my writing.

That’s not quite true. I want to want to write. I long for those times when the words come pouring out and I surprise myself with what my pen has put to paper.

Some of you have sent me private notes asking if everything is okay. The answer is, basically, yes. But I’m struggling with a few things and finding litte inspiration for my writing. So the blog posts are thinning out.

I believe my enthusiasm will return. I’ve looked to the Daily Prompts and found some help there, but those are ending. Word Press is making a lot of changes, and I’m not sure what’s coming next. I trust that those of you who’ve relied on the Daily and Weekly Prompts will find other inspiration, because I so enjoy your posts.

In the meantime, I watch the clouds float by and listen to hear what they might be saying.



10 Replies to “Cloud Talk”

  1. What a beautiful metaphor of using clouds to inspire you, Belinda. I definitely understand about wanting more inspiration to write. I haven’t been doing much with my blog either. I do appreciate how writing erupts for me when I need it to. And although I wish I could draw it out at other times, I am thankful I have my musical passion to focus on.
    I just sometimes wonder if I’ve lost the mindset for writing. I’ve noticed a few “age related” changes and that possibility concerns me. So I try to ignore that!
    In the meantime, I tell myself that pressure isn’t helpful – so I let it go. I am glad you’re managing and hope the inspiration will hit you. Until then, sending a big hug!

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  2. I need to watch and listen, too, Belinda. I feel like the rug was pulled out from under me when WP stopped both the Daily Prompt and the Weekly Photo Challenge. Talk about going it alone…..this is not what I signed up for!

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      1. Someone else mentioned Pinterest, also. I am such a slug, Belinda. I like it here on WP and, honestly, have not a clue how to ‘move to another site.’ What are they talking about? 😀 I guess you’re stuck with me….

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  3. Thanks for this post. Fallow periods are part of the creative cycle. Rest and rejuvenate and mull and watch the clouds… Our culture is kind of obsessed with doing, with accomplishing, with making a mark. Sounds like you are BEING right now. There can be deep wisdom in that, too.

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