Ever wanted to write something amazing but your mind (and page) is blank?
Here are some ways to find writing inspiration.
1. Moodboards – websites like Pinterest and Tumblr are full of images that can help you create a certain tone for your work. With Pinterest, you can search and “pin” images onto a moodboard. Tumblr is a social media website, but in a similar way to Pinterest, you can search for a certain theme, for instance, mythology, and you can reblog them on your blog. Make sure to tag your Tumblr posts so you can find them at a later date! Just make sure you’re saving/reblogging the original artist’s work and always ask for permission before reposting elsewhere.
2. Music – do you have a particular music artist or band whose vibe you love? Or a song that you just can’t get out of your head? Listen to the lyrics. Think about the words or how the music makes you feel. What thoughts do they produce? Write down those thoughts and expand. On a side note, movie soundtracks are particularly motivating.
3. Conversations – ever overheard a conversation and thought what was said was poignant? I once overheard a mother speaking to her child, asking if they were happy three times in a row. I found it interesting for some reason. Words are vehicles for emotion. For example, repetition and hesitation can tell us a lot more in a conversation than words. This suggestion is mainly to help you create naturalistic speech.
4. Poetry – can’t find the right words? Read poetry. Listen to spoken word. Poetry is a medium for pure expression. I have read some poetry collections and always felt understood by someone else as if those words were carefully chosen for me.
5. Anecdotes – ever listened to a story and thought “what happened next” or “what did such and such say when that happened?” Anecdotes tend to be subjective stories, meaning it may be unreliable, but nonetheless, it can still be interesting to hear what the person focused on if they were there at the situation or were told by someone else. Liked a particular story detail. Write it down.
6. Dreams – they are often random and confusing, but they can be a great source of inspiration. Keep a dream journal. Write down what you can remember, whether it was a conversation, a particular moment or image, write it down and return to it at a later date.
7. WRITE – Ultimately, writing requires writing. You can create moodboards, read poetry or fiction, and make a playlist all you like, but sitting yourself down to write is the step you need to take to achieve what you want to achieve. The worst thing you could do is store all these things that inspire you for years but never do anything with them. Sometimes you have to sit down and just write whatever comes to mind, regardless if it is good or not. Within the writing, you will probably find at least one thing that you like.
Do you have other ways of getting inspired? Let me know!
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