Post by Jenny
There I was on Saturday, sitting at my computer, trying to think of a topic for today’s post, and coming up empty. My holidays were good but unusually exhausting, my boys had careened through the last week of their winter break like jet-fueled macaques, and what I really wanted to do was put my feet up and scarf down a few chocolate chip cookies. But I hate to miss a post—and I didn’t have any cookies—so I sat and stared blankly for a while.
Quite a while.
Then a little voice in my head said, “Paint the wall.” I’d like to claim that it was a profound metaphor, an inspirational exhortation to graffiti my figurative wall of blogger’s block. But, no, I was thinking that I should literally paint the wall to the left of my computer desk. Even though I don’t particularly like to paint and don’t have much of a decorator’s eye—there is only one wall in my house that is not white, and although I like it now, I hated it for at least a month—this idea had immediate appeal because it meant that I could stop thinking about blog topics and instead think about paint colors.
After mulling things over for a day or so, I’m still attracted to the idea of adding some color to my basement work space. Maybe it’s a feng shui thing, maybe it’s a new change for a new year, and maybe it’s the fact that it’s such a small wall that even I can paint it without too much whining. So I think I might actually do it, if I can decide on a color. For 2012, decorators recognize that people are tired of doom and gloom, so the trend is toward vivacious colors—turquoise, persimmon, fuchsia, tangerine. Purple, the color associated with creativity, is also in vogue.
Will this small change in environment color my writing? Probably not. But will it color my mood and attitude? I imagine it will, though that does put pressure on me to choose a color that won’t make me want to throw up. So this week, now that school is back in session, I just might meander over to the home improvement store and see if I can find my color of inspiration for 2012.
What colors inspire creativity in your writing space?