If you are connected to the process of writing, there is no need to explain to you how important it is to have inspiration.
No matter how much you love writing, there will always be days when you need inspiration from one muse or another. Inspiration is not just a desirable thing; it’s an integral part of the writing process. Every writer needs to find inspiration in order to produce inspired writing. When you’re inspired, you consider your project easy to write. But if inspiration seems elusive, you feel utterly discouraged, and you can’t find the words so easily. Let’s face it. Sometimes we could all use a little motivation and inspiration.
Sometimes we lose sight of what matters. Our words. Our story. This post is to motivate, encourage, and inspire you.
We know the writing life can be tough, and want to help.
1 – Read: As a writer we know we must read. Pick up some of your favourite books and analyse the writing, get inspired by their greatness. You just might find new inspiration.
“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” ― Stephen King
2 – Journal. Do you have a place, or something you write in every day? A plain notebook will do, although a nice journal can be motivating. Write down thoughts and inspirations and quotes and snippets of good writing you find and pieces of dialog and ideas for your book. Then go back to this journal when you need ideas or inspiration.
“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” ― Anaïs Nin
3 – Word associations. Open a dictionary, pick a word, and write down all thoughts and associations that come to mind. Or open any random book and read what is written there. They may jumpstart your imagination.
4 – Music. Turn on music that you love. Listen carefully. Music has the ability to move us—our memories and our imaginations. Music can be a channel into inspiration for your writing. What type of music inspires you? Is there a specific song that really moves you? Create a writing inspiration playlist.
5 – Spend some time outdoors. Take a walk on the beach, around the block, or practise yoga. It doesn’t matter what method you choose here–the main thing is that fresh air, rest, and new impressions will feed your inspiration.
6-Writing groups. Whether online or in your community, writing groups are great ways to get energy and motivation for your writing. Some offer opportunities to read your work in the group and listen to critiques and suggestions. Groups offer connection, a sense of belonging to the writing world and a place to be inspired by other authors.
7 – Meditation. Are you finding no ideas at all? Just try to relax and think of nothing. This is the moment when inspiration may come, and new ideas can sometimes appear unexpectedly.
8 – Do not wait for perfection. More than likely, it will never come. Your perfectionism can work against you, and can stop you from completing anything. Just try to do the best you can, knowing practice makes better, but almost never makes perfect.
Remember that as writers, we are a work in progress. The more we write—the more we read and the more we practise our craft—the better writers we become. As we improve, so does our confidence. My best advice may be simply. Just WRITE.