How to find inspiration for writing
If you are looking for inspiration for writing, these practical tips will help you uncover your mind and set it up creatively.
Looking for inspiration
Carry a small notebook or tape recorder in case you are suddenly visited by a good idea. Later you can give your thoughts a more complete form.
Relax in complete silence or, conversely, stay in a noisy place. Sit in the woods or stand on the busy city street.
Listen to music of different styles, for example, jazz or folk music. Classical music is also good, because it is full of emotions. Listen to classical works of great composers.
Look at some film and write a review of his story or emotional content.
Read a few literary works and compile their comparative review.
Write an article about crafts, for example, about pottery. Deeper into history or into some particular aspect of the craft.
Look for a topic on the Internet. To become a writer, you will love reading.
Remember your old work. Reread your first school essay on your winter vacation.
Practice free writing. Choose a topic and write continuously during the allotted time, paying no attention to grammar, spelling and punctuation.
Develop the topic in several different directions, like adding different ingredients to a dish.
Create several solutions to the problem. Write down the options in separate paragraphs or on separate sheets and try each of them for your story.
Write down the exhaustive arguments for and against each issue.
Play some board games to awaken strategic thinking.
Take any word and make an associative chain to it. For example: yellow can be associated with a sunflower, and further, a sunflower – summer, summer – winter, winter – snow, and finally, snow – a day off, etc.
Keep a diary. Describe in it the events and experiences of the past day.
Describe a bright event or adventure from your life and your attitude to the experience you have gained.
Describe any of your emotions. Tell us how you experience anger, compassion or sadness
Create a fictional world.
Describe your own predilection, for example, love of gardening or affection for children.
Use writing as a means of privacy.
Write an article about any important issue, for example, about global warming.
Describe several aspects of the story on separate pieces of paper. Mix them with each other and make up different combinations of plot, events and roles of heroes.
Make a rough draft and return to it in a few days, when new ideas come to mind.
Watch. Observe people and try to penetrate into their past. This exercise will help create images of your characters.
Listen to the conversation. Try to imagine what could happen between speakers before the conversation, and what can happen after.
Try to build in your mind the life story of a stranger on the basis of his appearance, behavior or the book he is reading.
Describe the actions of a person while riding a bicycle or cooking.
Write several dialogues between two characters. Dialogues make the narrative more realistic.
Try to convey to the reader the image of the hero, describing his thoughts about his past experience.
Describe in detail a certain object, for example, a family jewel.
Keep the mind open. Give yourself some time to develop the topic before moving on to a new idea.
Take a walk in the park. Your thoughts will flow more freely while relaxing or doing pleasant things.
Look through magazines about art, jewelry, folk handicrafts or any other things that you like.
Look at the surrounding non-standard. Someone will see a weed in the grass, and you will perceive it as a pretty blooming dandelion.
Express emotions. Describe your experiences during anger, sadness, happiness or annoyance.
Never give up.
Use brainstorming techniques.
Always carry a spare pen and notebook.