“Where do you get inspiration from?” This is a question almost all writers get asked some time or the other. And why not? Inspiration is an integral part of writing. All writers – no matter how good – need some kind of inspiration to keep them going. They may need it some of the time, or all of the times. “Some of the time” because quite often ideas come on their own or unexpectedly from the most unlikely places, and “all of the times” because sometimes no matter how hard they try, they just cannot think of anything. The mind goes completely blank.
So, what does one do when the mind goes blank? Where do writers get inspiration from? Well, different writers have different sources. If you’re wondering, or are looking for sources of inspiration yourself, here are some of the most common that writers go for:
1. Reading. Reading anything – books, magazines, newspapers, even milk cartons and cereal boxes. There’s so much variety in reading material that it almost always gives you food for thought, which in turn gives you ideas – sometimes new, sometimes the same with a different angle. As you continue to read, one idea leads to another and you’re full of ideas.
2. Talking. Talking to people – family, friends, colleagues, anyone – leads to ideas. Sometimes ideas pop up on their own during a conversation, at other times you can ask them to give you ideas. You’ll be surprised at how much you can get out of this, you’ll even wonder – why didn’t I think of that? Remember the saying ‘two heads are better than one’?
3. Surfing the web. Go to any site, follow random links – links that you don’t usually go to. Going over something completely different gives you completely new ideas. Go to various blogs and forums and see what people are discussing. Pick up the latest trends and give them new twists.
4. Going out. Go out, anywhere that you don’t usually go to – museums, shopping malls, parks, or just take a walk down the road. Look around and observe the new environment, the people walking by, the sounds, sights, everything. You’ll be amazed at how many ideas you can come up with.
5. Letting your mind wander. Sometimes having too much on your mind prevents new ideas from coming in. So let yourself go. Listen to some soft music, go for long leisurely drives alone, or to a quiet corner in a park – anywhere where you can let your mind wander in peace. Just stop thinking of the routine things and go for the random and unusual, and see how many new ideas you can come up with.
Like Jack London once said, “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”
Where do you get your writing inspiration from? Anything different from the ones above? We’d love to hear from you.
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