Whether you’ve been writing for a long time already, or you want to kick-start your writing career, writers always need constant sources of inspiration. Oftentimes, we have to look to others to create that “aha!” moment when the ideas just start flowing. So here are some tips on where to look to when the inspiration well starts to run dry
Get your groove on with music – Whether you fly on the breeze of classical or head bang to rock, choose the genre and the songs that get your creative juices flowing. Just don’t choose music that might distract you from writing (or make you fall asleep!)
Dream a little dream – Some great works were born out of dreams. So if you’re one of those persons who dreams vividly, better keep a pen and paper near your bed so that you write them down immediately when you wake up, or you might just forget them
Del.icio.us – This popular bookmarking site is a constant hodge podge of information about any topic under the sun. Just be careful in sifting through them because a lot of sites can throw you off track
Admire God’s creation – Staring at nature is one of the most best ways to clear your head and just admire the handiwork of God. So take a break and walk down a tree-lined path, or view a sunrise/sunset or even go to a mini-zoo and marvel at how cute little animals are
People-watching – Go to a public place like a mall or a coffee shop and just observe the people who come and go. More often than not, you’ll find fascinating and amusing characters that can inspire you. Just don’t look too stalkerish or you might get into trouble
Do something out of the ordinary – You don’t like watching movies? Go and step inside a cinema. You don’t exercise? Go run a few laps. You hate approaching strangers? Go strike up a random conversation with someone who looks friendly enough. Stepping out of your comfort zone brings out bursts of inspiration
Open other books – Since you’re actually trying to write, this means you love reading right? And if you don’t, then it’s about time that you crack open a book. Choose books that you want to emulate and see what these writers have done successfully (or unsuccessfully too). Don’t plagiarize of course, but just draw inspiration from them
Read the Bible – It might sound corny to some, but really, what other book can you find that has everything in it? Romance, war, tragedy, philosophy, comedy, history, adventure, parables – you name it, the Bible’s got it!
It’s your turn! What inspires you to write? We’ll choose the 3 best answers and they will win P100 Gift Certificates each!