Return home and then write. Just sit and talk to them. Reach out to an elderly person that you know. Perhaps you can visit a grandparent of one of your friends, or just meet with an older person in your neighborhood. The way that people relate to each other is fascinating. People watching is useful for studying interpersonal dynamics in a real-world setting. Your characterization and dialogue can improve by simply observing real interactions.
People watching also provides much-needed inspiration. Inevitably, someone interesting will catch your eye and make you wonder about their life. Where are they going? Where have they come from? Instead of writing in the same spot at the same time, why not switch things around a little bit? Maybe even at the local coffee shop. Trigger warning: This tip may distress some of you introverts out there. As a fellow introvert, I feel your pain; but, desperate times call for getting your butt out there and interacting with your fellow human.
Make eye contact. Let the extroverts talk to you. You never know where the conversation will lead. Often times, you find out about others, but some times, you may even find out about yourself, and the things that excite you. Where are they from? How could you turn them into the protagonist of your next novel? Are you starved for inspiration?
Delete it. Start Writing Anything If you have nothing written and no idea of what to write, just start writing. Watch Documentaries Have you ever watched a good documentary and thought, Wow, I wish I could have told that story? When searching for story inspiration, don't overlook yourself as a muse. Tweet this. Leave this field blank. First Name. Send me the bonus! Hold tight Thank you! Travel to Someplace New Traveling to a new destination is almost guaranteed to inspire you.
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Sometimes you have to get fed up to do the work. When in doubt, do what Jon does and bang out 1, words per day no matter what. Even if you have just a few readers, get to know them. Send out an email to your tribe telling them they can each get 15 minutes on the phone with you to talk shop.
Add prompts to your blog posts to encourage readers to share their lives with you. When you create with the intention of connecting with other human beings, it inspires you to work that much harder, because you can feel the person on the other end of the screen. Come up with a name for your publishing company. Something in your mind has to transition into feeling and acting like a pro. Let go of your need to be the next great author. Focus on becoming the best writer you can be. Craft your own unique writing style.
Become pretty damn good. Most people do nothing. They talk, wish, and wonder. The mere fact that your fingers are touching that keyboard makes you special. Once your foot is in the door, step all the way through. Answer questions on Quora. Other users on Quora answer these questions. Many authors and bloggers use Quora to gain writing experience by answering questions. I meditate for 20 minutes every morning before I write.
When you wake up, you usually start the day feeling anxious. The practice of meditation helps relieve stress and clears your mind of negative thoughts. The headspace app comes with a series of guided meditations you can use to start fresh every day. Leo Babauta of Zen Habits has a great introductory post on how to form a daily meditation habit.
He also happens to be one of the most prolific and successful bloggers in the world. I think not. Write ten fresh ideas per day around your writing. They could be a brilliant idea for a new blog post, some book titles, or even book sections or chapters.
Most of them will suck, some will be good, and a few will be amazing. Revise an old piece of writing. This has a two-fold benefit. I once visited an art museum that had a photography section. It was filled with famous photos of famous people by famous photographers. I lost complete track of time and was immersed in the photos. When I left the display, I felt almost dizzy. That day, I went home and wrote a couple thousand words in a way that seemed effortless.
Seeing great art in other forms can provide artistic inspiration to create great writing yourself. Visit a gallery, go to an opera, or watch a play. Feel the passion and inspiration from the artists you just watched, and use it in your own writing. We want results.
Drink coffee. Coffee has fueled the creative inspiration of writers for centuries. Go for a walk in nature. A walk in nature will distract you with its beauty enough to make room for the muse to sneak up on you. You also have your laptop in your lap. That sounds like an inspiring environment to me. There has long been a link between travel and writing. Seeing new parts of the world is inspiring in and of itself, plus it will surely give you new material to write about as well.
Or, heck, just go to your local coffee shop to switch things up. Read a wide range of material. If you write non-fiction, sprinkle some fiction into your reading and vice versa. Reading widely opens new doors in your brain and helps you make odd connections between ideas.
I just finished my second book. I pulled and wove in ideas from billionaires, dead Roman emperors, and Harvard psychologists. Write in a bookstore. Writing in an environment surrounded with words is inspiring. Go to your favorite section and browse the titles.
I submit guest post pitches to various blogs before I feel ready to write them. Finding situations that force your hand can keep you from sitting on the fence. A quick Google search can give you inspiration by spoon-feeding you endless ideas for your writing. The creative process could serve the purpose of getting your fingers moving, which is the most important step.
To maximize your chances of spotting the muse, come up with a clever writing prompt. You can set prompts on your phone to randomly write whatever comes to mind at the exact time. Carry a pen and paper with you everywhere you go to capture ideas as they come.
It seems mechanical, but careful planning can inspire you to create more. Visualize yourself putting in the work it takes to become a great, creative writer. Visualizing the type of outcome you want is effective, but visualizing becoming the type of person capable of achieving those outcomes is even more powerful.
Take a few minutes every day and visualize yourself being in a state of flow and writing effortlessly. If you can see it, you can believe it. In a rut? Find a writing partner to keep you accountable. Why not use those moments as inspiration for your writing?
The moment will inspire you to write because the moment itself is inspiring. If it was a pivotal moment in your life, you can recall how you felt and what the atmosphere was like. Find examples to eliminate your excuses.
Stephen Hawking moves his cheek muscles to write. Boo hoo. Be grateful and use your gratitude as a well of inspiration to create. We share insights and tips and keep each other motivated. Write your obituary. This exercise provides a two-fold benefit. Listening to music boosts your effectiveness in many areas such as exercise. Some writers have been known to play the same song on repeat while they write, saying it gives them a calming sense and the music fades to the background while they write.
Pick an inspiring song and let it inspire you to write. Have you ever looked at the same piece of writing at different times and had two different opinions? We accept negativity with alarming ease. Our mind can just as easily believe the good things we tell ourselves about ourselves. The next time you swing between both opinions of your writing, choose the one that inspires you. In fact, you should do it every time you feel good about your writing to keep the inspiration going.
Get your fingers moving. The act of typing itself can lead to a flow state and productive writing. Remember your why. Do you have interesting stories to share? Do you want to entertain people? Go back to the source of inspiration that made you want to write in the first place. Revisit it often. Life throws curve balls at you. You can let negativity overwhelm you, or you can use your experiences to inspire yourself in a cathartic way through your words. Have you ever had a loved one go on an extended trip?
Why not create instant inspiration by doing the same with something you wrote? Think about something that was once hard for you to do, but you now find easy. Stare at it and imagine how it will feel to have a published book with your name on it in the future. The first time I held a copy of something I created, I was euphoric. I continue to chase that feeling each time I write.
Many imagine successful writers as people locked up in cabins with typewriters, toiling away at their work in isolation until they resurface with their manuscripts. Some of the best writers, like Hemingway, spent as much time living and adventuring as they did writing.
If you want to make your writing more interesting, make your life more interesting. Enter a writing contest. Writing contests often pay for top prize winners. The popular writing blog The Write Practice hosts writing contests multiple times per day. During its most recent contest, the blog partnered with Short Fiction Break , which displayed every single piece submitted to the contest. Rewrite a dissatisfying ending of a popular movie, short story, or book.
If you have the gall to rewrite a popular story, you should be confident enough to create your own. Some people are more creative at eleven at night. Create an environment and schedule that aligns with your strengths. Your brain needs exercise like any other part of your body.
Hitting a triple word score in Scrabble can remind you of your creative writing prowess. The education company Lumosity has a line of brain games that help you increase your vocabulary. One of my inspirations for writing is the words themselves. I was one of the weird kids who looked forward to vocabulary tests, because new words excited me and stimulated my brain.
Play brain games with words to inspire yourself to pen them. Go on a writing retreat. Bring books to read, but no electronics. Spend time alone to be with your thoughts and consider what steps you want to take in your writing career. Interesting questions lead to interesting answers. Use hypothetical questions to inspire new ideas.
This is part of the human condition. Accept it. Now what? They put their work into the world regardless of how they felt about it , and it paid off. If they can create while plagued with doubt, so can you. Let their stories inspire you to do the same. With ready-made ideas and headlines, you should have everything you need to get started. Have you ever looked at a couple across the room at a restaurant and wondered what their lives were like?
People-watching can be great inspiration for writing. How is that inspiring? If so, get really hungry, because life is going to give you an all-you-can-eat buffet. Attend a conference for writers in your niche. Reach out to your favorite writers and ask for advice. Many people do this, but they do it the wrong way. After your initial outreach, come back later and ask a specific question regarding a situation.
Take an online course on writing. Finding the right online courses by the right instructors makes a world of difference. Having a laid-out blueprint for success gives you confidence to follow through with the steps required to build something valuable. Find something to highlight as inspiration to keep writing in the future. Many writers swear to this strategy, saying it unlocks the creativity hidden in their subconscious minds. I once listened to a podcast by serial self-publishing author Steve Scott.
He started self-publishing books and kept doing it until he figured out how to become one of the best. There are many examples of self-published authors you can use as inspiration. Find them on Amazon and read their stories. Creating profiles of other people might seem less daunting than coming up with a topic from scratch.
You can use their stories in your books or blog posts. Embrace your inner weirdo. Your idiosyncrasies and strange ideas are what make you you. The more personality you put into your writing, the better. To stay inspired, gain momentum. To gain momentum, create the smallest goals possible. A series of small wins is better than no wins. For example, if your goal is to write words per day, and you reach it every day for a week, it will inspire you to either write at the same pace again or up your word count.
The first goal inspires you to continue, while the second is demotivating. Pick up where you left off the next day. Make friends with fear. Fear is the enemy of inspiration, but thriving in spite of your fear is inspiring. Action is the best deterrent to fear, but it never erases it. Each step you take forward alongside your fear will inspire you to do it again and again.
You stare at the blank page and nothing comes to mind. You feel blank and stuck. Boredom filters out the pretenders from the contenders. After her meal, she settles in, opens her computer, and writes. Her late husband, Jim, was an air force veteran. She was an air force wife. Her entire family traveled the world together, moving from base to base. The constant motion was turbulent at times, but Mary was a supportive wife through and through.
After Jim died — during a tragic flight exercise gone wrong — Mary was left with a large life insurance settlement, a pit of loneliness in her stomach, and an unrealized dream of becoming a writer she suppressed for her family. Try drawing, playing music, or making pottery. Take time to express yourself creatively without writing. Creativity fuels you regardless of its source.
Thanks, Larry. I agree that visualising the action really helps. How long does it take for you to write a particular topic? Usually, though, I reckon on a comfortable 1, words in an hour. As usual, some key points here. Just as no two snowfakes are exactly alike, human beings also tend to be unique.
I am a restless spirit, so it is particularly challenging for me to sit down and write. And just writing is sound advice, but in my case I need to meditate, enjoy a stroll and take a long shower before I can muster up the motivation to write. I also need a quiet and peaceful environment, so late at night or very early morning…that works for me. I cannot write when there are too many distractions hovering over my head like a helicopter; nor am I good at multi-tasking.
One thing, one at a time is my motto in life. So when I write, that is all that I do. Thanks, Archan. I agree with you about peaceful, and first thing in the morning works well for me … though if the lure of the writing is strong enough, I can get on with it regardless of the time of day.
I am aspiring to be a writer and I already enrolled for a class. Learning the right skills is one of the steps I need to pursue my dream. DTS Home. Hope the class goes really well, Laura, and that it gives you lots of confidence about your writing. Sadly, I can even be distracted by cleaning my bathroom or raking leaves. Parameters and boundaries are often helpful! Best thing for procrastination for me is Dr. I recommend it highly for first drafts. If you stop typing, it makes horrid sounds at you.
If nothing else, the fear of badly played violins or screaming children will keep your fingers flying. No, not paid to promote — just a devoted and enslaved fan. Writing and waiting, writing and waiting. Great addition, Dorothyanne — thanks! I seem to have the opposite problem. I am spending so much time on writing or re- writing that my house looks like a tip. I guess I will get quicker at writing.
My motivation tip is go on vacation. I am going next week. I will be raring to go when I get back. Be in touch then. Dip into your depression and find some answers. Have a great vacation, Carole! These are great, especially the last one. Sometimes I find I just have to fake it till I make it. Happy to have found your blog! Welcome, Pam! The last one is really great!
Many times I find myself lacking the ideas, and by that the motive really. However when I start writing even just for couple of sentences, thoughts start to form more and more, and many ideas are starting to come up. Looking back in retrospect many of my posts originated this way. Sort of. Well, that I failed miserably and finished the month with just 40 pages to my script. Unfortunately, that meant I had no one involved in my script, which is probably why that tanked.
So I completely see the truth in advice 1 and I thank you for it. Liebster Award. Congrats on the fanfic writing. These are great! Also, I write chapter by chapter, and end up doing a chapter every days. Thank you for the great tips!
I think chocolate is a great motivator, definitely one of my favourites. My mini-ebook Time to Write has all the tips you need to get started. Pop your email address in below to join my newsletter list. You'll get Time to Write plus other free ebooks, as well as my weekly blog posts Mondays and short newsletters Thursdays to help you make the most of your writing time.
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Try something different. Listen to it when you want to get into the writing frame of mind, and not at any other time. Using a particular song as the basis for a new scene. You could simply take the general mood of the piece as the starting point, or work particular lyrics into the dialogue or narrative even if you take them out later.
When you want to feel more motivated to write: Sit with your eyes closed and imagine yourself writing. Hear the click of the keyboard, see the words appearing in front of you on the screen. Imagine getting stuck, feeling tempted to check emails. To really make time for your writing: Block out several hours, if you can ; perhaps even a whole day.
Stick to your writing appointments. Write down notes to capture what you imagine : these can just be brief bullet points about things that need to occur in the scene. Often, the act of writing will spark off new ideas. Talk with other writers. That could mean meeting up for coffee with a writing friend, joining a local group, or hanging out on Twitter or in writing forums online. To really keep up the momentum, meeting weekly or twice a month is best.
Consider online groups and forums too. If you need some help getting those first few sentences down: Give yourself a time limit. Write for, say, ten minutes. Start half-way through a scene or chapter. Jump in with a line of dialogue or a sudden action, and go from there. Begin with the first key point of your blog post. You can always go back and start things off more smoothly later and you might even find that midway is the best place to begin. When you join, you also get four free mini-ebooks.
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