We all need a little help to get the creative juices flowing from time to time. Maybe you're stuck for ideas, or just need something to get you started: a story, a character, a concept to embrace or to react against.
Whether or not you consider yourself 'religious', the Bible is full of great prompts. Its stories and themes have been a source of creative inspiration for all sorts of artists for centuries -- and that doesn't show any sign of stopping. After all, why should the religious get all the good stories?
Here's a few recent examples:
Lady Gaga riffed on a biblical character whose name has become synonymous with disloyalty in Judas.
Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin produced a new work in 2013 called The Holy Bible, putting words from Scripture alongside striking, sometimes shocking, images.
Perhaps on a rather different scale, in my neck of the woods (Bristol), local artist Cosmo Sarson painted a huge mural of a breakdancing Jesus on the wall of a cafe/bar.
The winner for the Costa Poetry Award 2013 was Michael Symmons Roberts's Drysalter, a collection of 150 poems, taking influence from the Psalms (there are 150 Psalms, which were often collected in books called 'Psalters').
There are even Bible-specific creative opportunities -- like Enter The Pitch, a competition to come up with a short film idea based on a Bible story. (The winner from 2010, Rob McLellan, has gone on to have a feature optioned by MGM).
The Bible's full of stories, sayings and subjects to get your teeth into. It's easy to get hold of for free and there's plenty more to choose from than just the 'famous' bits (like 'the 9 most bad-ass Bible verses', for example).
So next time you hit a creative block, see if Jonah or Jael or joy or John's gospel can give you a jump-start.