Happy Wednesday! To everyone out there hard at work, smile, the day is half over! WooHoo!!
So I hope you all enjoyed yesterday’s blog! Are ya’ll inspired yet?? Well if not, hang on to your hats. I’ve got more suggestions coming your way right now. 🙂
- Writing journal. I highly recommend this for any writer. It doesn’t have to be fancy, or something you write in every day. Just a plain notebook will do, although a nice journal can be motivating. Write down thoughts, inspirations, quotes and snippets of good writing you find. Even pieces of dialog, plot ideas, or new characters. Anything you can think of that might be inspiring or a tool you can use for your writing. Don’t be like me, (I’m trying to get better), where you have a thousand sticky notes in your car, purse, beside your bed, and any other nook and cranny you can find. Being organized, if possible, is the best way to do it. I would also suggest a separate journal for each short story, novel, etc. that you may have ideas for.
- Dreams. Your dreams can be vital at times for inspiration. I dream A LOT. My husband says he rarely dreams and hardly ever remembers them which is the exact opposite of me. He thinks I’m insane when I describe some of them to him. In fact, there are a few of my own that I’ve incorporated in my current manuscript. One or two that I’ve actually carried with me since childhood. I suggest keeping your writing journal or perhaps a smaller one by your bedside and writing down what you can remember when you wake up. I have one for just that reason. Not because I think it’ll tell me something about myself, like my future or past, but because dreams are so interesting. They have complete disregard for the rules of reality, for their otherworldliness, and plot twists within them.
- Exercise. Although, exercise is one of my least favorite activities. I’ve heard that there’s something about the quietness, combined with the increased flow of blood through your brain, and being out in the fresh air with nature, that really stimulates the mind.
- Religion. Some of you may be religious and some might not be, but you can’t deny the great religions in the world have ideas that are beautiful and inspiring. I can say that any time I’ve spent reading the ideas of religion they have paid off for me in inspiration.
- Google. I shouldn’t be saying this, because at times, the internet can be a writer’s worst enemy, but if you’re stuck for ideas, Google may be the way to go. It often helped me out simply by searching for the topic I’m writing about. I find tons of great resources and inspiration.
- Poetry. No matter how much you truly understand about poetry, I find that it can be most inspiring. Through its beauty, flow, style, and use of rhythm, it can be without a doubt, something that speaks to you in the best way possible.
- Freewriting. It’s one of the best ways to get unstuck if you’re uninspired that I’ve found. Just start writing, with no pressure and no direction. Anything. It doesn’t matter. Don’t edit, don’t pause, don’t think. Just write and let it flow. You’ll end up with a lot of garbage probably, but it’ll help you get out of your rut and you might just write some really good stuff among all that garbage.
- Brainstorms. Similar to Freewriting, but instead of writing prose, you’re writing ideas. Just let them flow. This one time, let speed and quantity be more important than quality. Within this brainstorm of ideas, you’ll most likely find a few nuggets of greatness. I seem to find my best brainstorming is done in the car alone.
- Breaking your routines. Get out of your rut and see things from a new perspective. If you usually take one route to work, try a couple others. If you usually get up in a hurry, running crazy to get ready for work, stop, try to slow things down a bit. Have some quiet time with yourself before everyone starts their day. Even if it’s just staring out of the kitchen window watching the birds while you sip coffee. Change where you have lunch each day or just take a walk instead. If you usually watch TV at the end of the day, try reading or writing instead. Shake things up.
- Bookstores. Hello! You’re a writer. What better way to get inspired than to be surrounded by books? Stories that have weathered the storm of time, great epic tales that left you breathtaken. A collection of works from writers who made it to the finish line, where you dream to be, and the inspiration that they made it and so will you. If that’s not inspiring, I don’t know what is.
- Nature. Stuck for ideas? Go for a walk or a jog. Get away from sidewalks and into grass, trees, fields and hills. Appreciate the beauty around you and let the inspiration flow through you. Sunsets and sunrises, of course, are two uplifting scenes of nature. Anything involving water is also awesome (oceans, rivers, lakes, even puddles.) My favorite happens to be thunderstorms and rain. The way the wind roars and the trees sway. The clap of lightening that comes after the boom of thunder. The drops of rain hitting our tin roof. Love it.
- Travel. Whether it be halfway around the world, or a day trip to the next town or national park, getting out of your usual area and discovering new places, people, and customs can be one of the best inspirations for writing. Use these new places to open up new ways of seeing. Sensory description is important in our writing. What better way to open up our senses?
- History. It can be unexpected and maybe even a bit cliché, but great people in history can inspire you to greatness. Whether it be a president, a war hero, a rebel, or a courageous martyr from the past, you can find inspiration in their stories.
- Children. I know everyone has heard of the tv show, Kids Say the Darndest Things, well it’s TRUE. Children are inspiring on so many levels, and I for one, cherish the time I have with my kids immeasurably. Do you ever remember being able to make toys out of nothing but your imagination? I remember holding my mom’s watch and imagining it as a mermaid. Have you ever heard your kids in the back seat of the car? They make up the best stories! With of course, the use of their seatbelt, which has turned into a giant anaconda trying to strangle them in the Amazon! As I watch, listen, and talk with my children I find myself often reflective, about life, about humanity, about love. I suggest that children, with their fresh outlook on the world, can change the way you view things and inspire you in ways you never thought possible.
- Success stories. Read all kinds of success stories of people who have gotten published. One thing that I’ve learned and has kept me inspired, is that I’m not alone. There are writers right now, who are exactly in the same place I am, some ahead or some behind. It doesn’t matter, because whatever stage you’re in, whether it be the very first page, your last page, or your first full edit, you’re not alone! That in itself, keeps me inspired. It inspired me to keep going at times I didn’t think I could. Writing is rewarding but it’s a slow process. It demands patience and at times, only these success stories can give us the fuel to keep going, making us realize our dreams are not so far away.
These are just some ways that I’ve found help with inspiration. Everyone needs it every now and then, even if they’re not a writer. Feel free to post comments of things you have found that inspires you! I would love to hear them and try them out!
Happy Writing Ya’ll!