As a writer, I sometimes lose my inspiration. I sit down to write and there will be nothing there, or I will be distracted – by everything. In times like these, I need some new inspiration to get my writing juices flowing again. So what do I do? Here are a few things that work for me.
1. I always find inspiration outside on a walk or a hike, or by meditating on a rock in the forest. Being in nature, breathing fresh air, works wonders to bring me a fresh attitude.
2. Write something else. If I feel bored or generally not excited to work on a project, I might work on a different project or use writing prompts to get me going. I have several books of prompts, or I make my own with a random word generator. There are many online, just Google “random word generator.” Once you have a random word or two, set a timer for five minutes, and GO! Write as fast as you can, don’t stop, even if all you write is, “I don’t know what to write.” You may be surprised by the result. I have used inspiration provided by random words to write complete stories.
3. I love to read, and find inspiration discovering how other writers make things “work.” I have been writing short stories, the last several months, which I hadn’t done in a long while. Reading short stories has helped me pace my stories and learn how they work. Reading other mysteries has helped me write Astrid’s stories. Since mysteries are my favorite novels, it is pure pleasure to read them.
4. Casting my main character in a new short story can help me gain a new perspective on my character, as well as more material or an idea for a new story. Of course, I have to finish the first draft of my current story before I go too far with a brand new one.
5. Going to the movie theater to see a current blockbuster inspires me to write a future blockbuster. I lose myself in the story on the screen. Taking a break with a movie can be exactly what I need to move forward with my story in a fresh way.
How do you boost your own inspiration? Would you like to try any of my ideas? Which ones? Please make a comment below. I look forward to trying out some of your ideas.
Until next time, may you be well, happy and inspired!