Looking for Inspiration?
As a writer, you know how important finding the right inspiration can be. If you’re looking for specific ways to spark that creative fire inside your head, take a look at the following three resources you can use to stir up some inspiration quickly.
1) Get Social
Whether you love social media or hate it, there’s no denying that it’s a powerful presence in the world. It’s also a fantastic way to get inspired. Not sure how? Keep the following tips in mind:
- Stay engaged on different platforms
- Follow discussions on Twitter and Facebook
- Follow leaders and people you look up to
- Get a feel for what’s popular in certain communities
The great thing about social media is that it’s constantly changing. The content is always fresh and you never know when one simple post could cause a light bulb moment. It is important, especially in journalistic writing, to make sure you’re only getting the facts. Unfortunately, social media isn’t always reliable for things like that. Be aware of “fake news” and taking opinions to heart if you’re trying to focus your writing on reality.
2) Get Visual
Most writers are actually very visual people. But, with so many thoughts and ideas going around in your head, your inspiration could be getting suffocated. One way to clear everything out and see things in an organised, simplified way is to use a virtual idea board.
You probably already know the importance of brainstorming and how much it can help when you’re trying to flesh out an idea. So, how much easier would it be to do that if you could just toss ideas onto an idea board on your phone or computer? Let’s face it, you’re probably already sitting in front of one or the other already.
Virtual idea boards can help to:
- Sort out your thoughts
- Help you set goals
- Remind you of what you’re already working on
- Grow existing ideas and concepts
If you feel like your lack of inspiration is because you’re feeling overwhelmed or overloaded, a virtual idea board could be the perfect way to sort things out.
3) Get Outside
While we’ve touched on some digital ways to find inspiration, there is something to be said for one of the original muses that writers have used for centuries: nature.
Spending time outside to admire the beauty around you can stir something within your very soul. When you really stop to think about the order of nature, the natural beauty it brings, and the way it makes you feel, it’s impossible not to be inspired.
You can even take things one step further by getting active outside. Go for a run, or take a walk through a park. Physical activity can calm you down and improve your focus, which can inspire creativity in your work.
So long as you’re being conscious about COVID-19 restrictions in your area and maintaining a socially-distanced trip outside, you can find peace and creative inspiration in nature no matter where you go.
Pass These Inspiration Ideas On
No matter how you choose to find your inspiration, don’t allow yourself to get frustrated. Every single writer experiences a “block” from time to time. Take a breath, think about what brings you contentment, and don’t be afraid to step outside of the box when it comes to seeking out new ways to be inspired.
BIO: Frankie Wallace is a freelance writer from the Pacific Northwest. She writes about a variety of topics, and spends most of her free time in her garden.