And suddenly you’ve got it. An idea. Something that leads you onward on your path, or sends you in the opposite direction. Makes you try out something new. A warm feeling when you listen to someone, absorbing every word. Suddenly you know the solution to a problem you’ve been wrestling with for ages. INSPIRATION.
What gives you a good feeling? Who or what inspires you? When and where do you get these inspiring ideas?
Inspiration refers to an unconscious burst of creativity in a literary, musical, or other artistic endeavor. The concept has origins in both Hellenism and Hebraism. The Greeks believed that inspiration came from the muses, as well as the gods Apollo and Dionysus. Similarly, in the Ancient Norse religions, inspiration derives from the gods, such as Odin. Inspiration is also a divine matter in Hebrew poetics. In the Book of Amos the prophet speaks of being overwhelmed by God’s voice and compelled to speak. In Christianity, inspiration is a gift of the Holy Spirit.
In the 18th century philosopher John Locke proposed a model of the human mind in which ideas associate or resonate with one another in the mind. In the 19th century, Romantic poets such as Coleridge and Shelley believed that inspiration came to a poet because the poet was attuned to the (divine or mystical) ‘winds’ and because the soul of the poet was able to receive such visions. In the early 20th century, Psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud located inspiration in the inner psyche of the artist. Psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung’s theory of inspiration suggests that an artist is one who was attuned to racial memory, which encoded the archetypes of the human mind.
The Marxist theory of art sees it as the expression of the friction between economic base and economic super-structural positions, or as an unaware dialog of competing ideologies, or as an exploitation of a ‘fissure’ in the ruling class’s ideology. In modern psychology inspiration is not frequently studied, but it is generally seen as an entirely internal process.
Tooooo much information right? 😉
Then show me YOUR story about INSPIRATION in just six words. Let a photo or image inspire you to write a story. Or first write the story, and then make or search for a picture to go with it.
Here’s a Six Word Story by Ernest Hemingway.
Such an impact and unseen images in only six words…
Publish your Six Word Story on your own website/blog and paste the link to that post in a comment to this one here at Figments. I will include your contribution in this post, forming a list of stories.
Will you join me? Will you? Say you do And share the challenge news!
Have fun writing,
READ THE INSPIRATIONAL STORIES OF:
- Marian Allen: #6WSC Inspiration
- Ramblejim’s Blog: #6WSC Inspiration
- Crackerberries: The Birds & The Bees
- Mormors klagemur: Six Word Story Challenge: Inspiration
- I am: Six Word Story Challenge: Inspiration
- Colonialist’s blog: Six Word Story Challenge: Inspiration
- Figments of a DuTchess: 6WSC: Inspiration
- Masadiso: Six Word Story Challenge: Inspiration
- Gray Poet: Mind – Six Word Story Challenge
- Dauw’s Stekje: Volgt u mij?
The next challenge will be posted already next week, so on Wednesday, July 3rd. During the summer holiday there will be no 6WSC at Figments of a DuTchess, but you can visit my dear sister from overseas’ website Marian Allen. She will take over the 6WSC during the holiday, and on alternating Wednesdays after. Doe je liever mee in het Nederlands, ga dan naar Verbeeld een Verhaal in Zes Woorden: Inspiratie.
130226 – Poverty
130313 – Spring
130327 – Writing
130410 – Light
130424 – Music
130515 – Transport
130529 – Pets
130612 – Regret
21 thoughts on “Six Word Story Challenge: Inspiration”
(Damn! I dropped my link at the wrong place… apologize Marion. Second try, hopefully a better one…)
Hi Marion and friends of the six words story challenge,
Here is my English entrie on the theme, with some extra words for those who understand the language of a “Dutchesse”
Kind regards from Dauw,
Have a great week y’all!
Thought I would give it a try…. Thanks for the note.
Here’s my first attempt. I hope you like it. http://goomfh.wordpress.com/2013/06/29/six-word-story-challenge-inspiration/
Getting out of there, escaping, she stepped into the dark night and felt free again. That’s the story your words tell me. Great entry, thanks so much 😀
This is a great interpretation of my story. I love it! It’s exactly what I meant! I’m looking forward to the next challenge. 🙂
The next will be this Wednesday, because after that I’ll be roaming here and there during my summer holiday. My sister from overseas, Marian Allen, will take over the challenge, so you can always participate on her website.
I sure will. Thank you so much for letting me know! 🙂
Here’s my story: https://drieskewrites.wordpress.com/2013/06/29/6wsc-inspiration/
Right – this one gave me the opportunity for shameless self-promotion! 🙂
And wondrous music fills the void. Lovely story, keep writing them, Col!
Even though its completely out of my realm I had another go! http://midsommereve.wordpress.com/
I love the way you step out and participate. And with such great stories! Your words draw inspired images.
Thanks Marion! Its good brain exercise 😉
My story is ready
Thanks for hosting and a fun challenge.
And what is inspiration for one person, isn’t the case with another person.
But by destroying, you create the opportunity to make something new.
A very nice story, Mormor.
H M! I love 6WSC Day! This is one of my favorite words…so many choices. Thank you for your constant inspirational challenges! http://wp.me/s3dy1B-511
So glad you decided to join again! 🙂
A beautiful story, nature is a constant source of inspiration with divine beauty.
my Inspiration contribution:
Bringing light into the darkness. Inspiration is a potent instrument.
Here is mine: The Hound of Hell
You’ll do this again July 3 and then what weeks will you skip? I’ll take them.
That would be great, dear sister. I have adjusted my post accordingly! 😀
And I can imagine your Hound of Hell has inspired you many times 😉