J.K. Rowling, Taylor Swift en 5 andere vrouwen vertellen hoe ze op nieuwe ideeën komen
Wanneer je onder de douche staat spoken er talloze ideeën door je hoofd (die je weer vergeten bent na het afdrogen), maar wanneer je écht inspiratie nodig hoor je alleen maar het geluid van krekels. Herkenbaar? Nieuwe ideeën bedenken kan lastig zijn, en al helemaal op de momenten dat je echt nieuwe ideeën moet bedenken voor bijvoorbeeld je werk.
Daarom is het tijd voor een flinke portie motiverende, inspirerende quotes van sterke vrouwen waar we nog wat van kunnen leren.
1. J.K. Rowling
“I try to start work before 9 a.m. My writing room is probably my favorite place in the world. It’s in the garden, about a minute’s walk from the house. There’s a central room where I work, a kettle, a sink, and a cupboard-sized bathroom. The radio is usually tuned to classical music, because I find human voices the most distracting when I’m working, although a background buzz, as in a café, is always comforting. I used to love writing in cafés and gave it up reluctantly, but part of the point of being alone in a crowd was being happily anonymous and free to people-watch, and when you’re the one being watched, you become too self-conscious to work.” — op haar website.
2. Donatella Versace
“Well, my muse changes all the time because I think every designer is a bit of a muse for themselves in a way — they just don’t want to say it … But as a designer, you always take facets of different people and you mix them together with your own thoughts and information and creativity and passion — because I think fashion has a lot to do with passion — and that’s where you get your inspiration.” – Interview Magazine, november 2011.
3. Taylor Swift
“There are definitely moments when it’s like this cloud of an idea comes and just lands in front of your face, and you reach up and grab it. A lot of songwriting is things you learn, structure, and cultivating that skill, and knowing how to craft a song. But there are mystical, magical moments, inexplicable moments when an idea that is fully formed just pops into your head. And that’s the purest part of my job. It can get complicated on every other level, but the songwriting is still the same uncomplicated process it was when I was 12 years old writing songs in my room.” – Harper’s Bazaar, juli 2018.
4. Amy Poehler
“What I have discovered is this: You can’t do it alone. As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration. Other people and other people’s ideas are often better than your own. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.” – Harvard Class Day Speech in mei 2011.
5. Dolly Parton
“My favorite thing, if I have the time, is to take a couple weeks and take off and go somewhere to just write songs. That’s not as apt to happen these days as it was in the past, but I can write songs anywhere. I always keep a notepad by my bed at night and a tape recorder. I’ve always got a notepad everywhere. I do my best thinking when I’m traveling. I can write anywhere, and I never know when a song is gonna hit me. I write a little bit of something every day. Either an idea or a title, a few lines. If I’m lucky, I can write a few songs in a week.” – Rookie, november 2017.
6. Reese Witherspoon
“I think incubating the idea, then writing a business plan are really important. If you’re a creative, find a business person. If you’re a business person, find a creative. It’s the blend of the two that creates success, and the two of you will sort of police each other and beat [the idea] out pragmatically. I started as the creative and have now become more of the business person, and my business partner has become more of the creative.” – Man Repeller, december 2017
7. Jenny Han
“I still do my writing retreats, which I’ve been doing my whole writing career. I rent a house and gather a bunch of writer friends together and go work. It’s to get outside of my own everyday routine and immerse myself in the work.” – Refinery29, april 2019.