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Find Inspiration to Get Writing
Written by
Stephanie Elliot
November 2017
Written by
Stephanie Elliot
November 2017

While we all may love writing, occasionally you might have a hard time figuring out what to write next or how to get started on a new project. Sometimes I will find other stuff to do that I really don’t like, just so I don’t have to go through the process of figuring out what to write next. Days where I find myself doing laundry, cleaning out closets, or actually planning a dinner are days where I’m lacking in energy and inspiration. 

If you find that some days you’d rather not write, and if you’re in need of a little inspiration, here are some suggestions to get you back on the path to writing:

Visit a Cemetery
Strange as it might seem, there’s something oddly ‘calming’ about taking a walk through the cemetery. There are so many stories literally buried there – and your imagination can run wild. Take your time to read some headstones – what are the ages of the people who have died? Do the headstones say something mysterious that might spark an idea for you? 

Hang Out in Coffee Shops
Coffee shops are ideal places to be inspired. And they can be extremely fun – You get to eavesdrop on people’s conversations. I remember once I was at a coffee shop and next to me were two teen girls. They were debating their friendship and how one was always giving more and the other was always taking. It wasn’t quite a fight, but I could tell their conversation was filled with tension and bad blood that had existed through the friendship. You could take a conversation like this and build a whole story about two girls who were no longer friends. 

Go Shopping
Malls and shopping centers are eye-candy for the writer! Explore stores you don’t usually go into, really look at mannequins and window decor, check out some new technology, and watch employees to see how they react to customers. 

Get Out Your Library Card
The library is a nice quiet place filled with books so there’s no reason not to be motivated after a visit. Not sure what you want to write? Randomly go through the stacks and pull out books. Like the cover? Wonder what it’s about? Just being around books may spark the inspiration you’re searching for. Which brings us to the next best place for inspiration…

Head to the Bookstore
Browsing aisle after aisle in the bookstore is sure to be inspiring. You could even check out the Inspiration section at the store and pick up a book on getting inspired. 

Get Some Exercise
Go out for a walk, run, or spend some time meditating or doing yoga. Anything that gets your body moving will quiet the brain and allow you to begin thinking about what you want to write next. And, exercise is a bonus for you too!

Take a Nap
No, I’m not kidding! How many times have you woken totally inspired by a dream you had? Authors have literally dreamed book ideas. Stephenie Meyer created her world of Twilight based on a dream about a sparkling vampire. 

Talk With a Writer Friend
Most of the time, another writer will understand what you’re going through when you’re in need of inspiration. Surround yourself with people who are just as passionate about writing as you are. Writer friends are great to inspire and motivate. 

When you’re in need of writing inspiration, where do you go, what do you do? Have you discovered the secret to being inspired? We’d love to hear your ideas in the comments!

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