Finding Inspiration

Writer’s Block is the bane of the writer existence. It’s also bound to happen at one point or another. Our minds just get tired.

Maybe we have so much going on in our lives that our minds need the opportunity to recharge. The well of creativity temporarily dries up.

Get some R & R

When that happens, make sure to take time to relax. It’s okay to do nothing at least one day during the week. We have a horrible habit of having to always be doing something.

Now, once your body is relaxed, you can let your mind wander. Daydream. Let your mind go where it wants to go. Keep a notebook handy in case any ideas come to your mind but don’t force it either.

Where inspiration is found

Inspiration happens when we least expect it. We can find potential stories in the news, in conversations we overhear, in old photographs….just about anywhere. The key is to ask “What if….?” That question can inspire stories.

It’s a good idea to subscribe to a variety of channels: Science, history, world affairs, the arts. All of these can inspire those “What if?” questions and lead to a story.

Stories also don’t happen overnight. You could gather your ideas and your research for months before you ever put the story to paper or computer. That’s okay. A good story can take time.

We can write short entries and expand upon our “What if?” questions as we develop these stories. Maybe there’s a novel in there. Once the story has a life of its own, we should be willing to follow it.

Find what inspires you. And don’t forget that it’s okay to take a break every so often as well.