Updated: Jan 2, 2021
How to find inspiration?
As writers, people often assume that we always have ideas flowing through us. We wake up, and inspiration hits. However, as most of us know, this doesn't always happen! Most of the time, we're sat at our computers staring at that daunting blank page!
However, there are ways we can get and keep our creative juices flowing:
External resources. That's right, inspiration is all around us! We can find this through various resources such as a striking newspaper headline, music and lyrics, people watching and overhearing conversations, films and books and travelling. Potential stories are everywhere. We just have to be open to them.
Internal resources. Once you reach inside yourself, it will surprise you at how many stories we have stored away, waiting to come out. We can find this through dreams, feelings, personal experiences and thoughts. The story I am writing now is inspired by my personal experiences- being deaf. I utilised this and now I am writing a romance fiction about the struggles of being deaf.
Keeping a journal. This is vital for a writer. When inspiration hits, it's important to capture it with a journal or even your notes app on your iPhone. If we don't have a journal, it's like fishing without a net: Pointless!
Writing sessions. This has helped me so much! Sometimes, writing feels like a chore when you're struggling with writer's block. But once you break through that, the stories you could make are endless! When I write, even if I have inspiration and motivation, I set a timer for 30 minutes. During this time, I do nothing but write. Even if the story is crap because, "You can always edit a bad page. You can't edit a blank page" - Jodi Picoult.
Writing prompts. This leads me on to why you're actually here! For me, writing prompts can help the writing process, severely. Even if I don't use the entire prompt or even if I don't use it at all, sometimes, it sparks a thought. A prompt inspired the first book I'm writing, so it works!
Here are some prompts taken from Pinterest. I picked out some of the best ones and complied them in this post.
The clock seemed too slow as I thought of her. I knew what she would say.
You are in an awkward elevator ride with a group of people when a man says, "So, I bet you're wondering why I gathered you here." He hits the stop button.
A special delivery comes for you, but when you open it, the card is signed by you...
Everyone is immortal. To keep life interesting, most people 'reset' their memories every few centuries so they can experience life anew. Your reset malfunctioned, and you receive thousands of years of lost memories.
"Listen... In the silence of the night, you'll hear their screams. Find them."
"No matter how far I ran, he was always watching."
"Where did you come from?" "It's easier if I show you."
"How long have you been standing there?" "Longer than you'd like."
" They've taken another one."
Start a story with this... "It was a hell of a way to die."