Heh - of course this'll sound biased, but I go to Bardic Madness. Not just for the challenges, but to hear how *other* people respond to the challenges, and see if that sparks something. I always come home with a few pages full of snippets and ideas.
Other than that, I find people, and poke them (gently) until they tell me stories. Especially if they get excited or passionate about something. Some of the most fun ones start out with "Hey N'uncle Dagan - tell me about way back when you did X!" or "I know our barony has been doing X for decades, but *why* and who started it?"
And if that doesn't work, it usually means those mental muscles are overtaxed and need their own vacation. Try something else for a while. Plant some flowers. Bake cookies. Dance. Fingerpaint. Cruise merchant's row. Watch something. Experience something.
Z'good? Z'good :-)
--- In SCA_BARDS@yahoogroups.com, "Leah Raedaelf of Pagham" <leah1066@...> wrote:
> Question for the list....
> As a follow-up to a conversation I was having recently, I thought I'd pose the same question here.
> What do you draw on, where do you go for ideas, when your muse takes a vacation?
> I know that I find it easiest to write to a particular need, be it an event that needs a piece written, a person to praise, etc. Once the need is established, the piece falls into place for me because it has a particular job to do and the style is often predicated by that task as well. I wallow when trying to simply write 'something'.
> Leah, who is, yes, in mid-wallow