Looking for that lightbulb moment. Image from Wix.
Some days the inspiration doesn’t flow as easily as others, so today I thought I’d share some tips for finding inspiration.
How many stories start from a ‘what if’? Be curious about the world. Why are things the way they are? What if they were different? What would happen then? Keep asking questions, delving deeper and deeper into the hypothetical. You can play this game with others and bounce ideas off each other, or you can play in your own head. Let yourself daydream.
We can’t all hop on a plane and go exploring, but sometimes all you need is an internet connection. Try going on a virtual tour of the world using Google Maps. Pick a country, zoom in, enter ‘Street View’ and go for a wander. Or look up beautiful scenery on Pinterest. Search for ‘wanderlust photography’.
Meet New People
Pinterest can take you to new places, and it can also introduce you to new people. Search for ‘character inspiration people’, find a face that interests you, and start writing. Or you can watch real people. Find a seat somewhere public and watch the people around you. Make up stories about them—who are they, what are they doing there, where are they going next? Just don’t stare...
Find a New Environment
Writing often means sitting at the same desk every day, normally in a darkened room. It’s not the most inspiring of places to be. Just getting outside in nature can make a huge difference. It can help the mind to open up and to go off on unexplored tangents. I’m fortunate that I live near a country park, so I can go for walks in the woods by the river. Just make sure you have something to write on—a small notebook or a note-taking app on your phone—so that if inspiration does strike, you can start writing. When I was editing my first book, I was struggling with a particular section, but I found inspiration in the woods. I sat down on a log, in the rain, and tapped out a rewrite of the whole section on my phone.
Those are a few ideas that help me. Let me know what helps you when you need inspiration. I’d love to hear your thoughts!