Writing Inspiration: Why You Don’t Have Any

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Are you strapped for inspiration?

Are you struggling to find quality ideas?

Is that mysterious spark that all writers need, alluding you just like you hide from commitment?

Yeah, it is isn’t it?

I bet you want to scratch your nails across your desk. I bet, you’re just about to give up and thump your head onto your premium $150 mechanical keyboard.

You’re probably wondering right now, if it’s possible to live a life completely and utterly uninspired.

After all, that is what’s happening to you right now.

And let’s face it, if you don’t find inspiration fast – you’re doomed. No ifs or buts about it. You are a gonner.

You’re toast.

You are, fineto.

Seriously, how can a writer write, without inspiration! It’s practically impossible.

So, what’s got you so darn uninspired?

Now, here’s the real reason you have zero inspiration.

You are not thinking like a writer.

Yep, you heard me. I said it, and I’m not ashamed!

If you’re living your life as per usual, half-asleep and walking around in a mindless doze. It’s doubtful that you’re going to notice inspiring situations, and spot those cataclysmic events that can spawn wondrous stories.

You need to kick yourself in the butt, and start looking at the world through the bright dazzling eyes of a writer!

Look at everything. Analyse everything!

Allow NOTHING to escape your scrutiny.

Listen in on conversations – yes, eavesdropping is bad, but, you’re a writer so you’re immune to such silly formalities.

Watch the sun set, and the sun rise. Watch two lovers fall into each other’s arms. Watch best friends punch each other a bit too hard, and then begin to brawl for dominance!

Watch.

You will never find inspiration, if you do not filter the world through a perspective of creativity and curiosity. You will never succeed as a writer, if you do not watch what’s around you.

You need to live, and live HARD.

So, is it possible to find inspiration before it’s too late?

Of course it is! You just needa’ strap on your ‘I’m a professional writer cap’, and step outside into the big ole’ outdoors.

If you stop thinking like a writer, and fail to observe your surroundings, it’s going to be downright impossible to snag a bit of inspo.

But.

As long as you jerk yourself out of that slump you’re in, and put on your big boy (or girl) shoes, you’ll be fine and dandy in no time.

Where can we writers, find inspiration day in and day out?

Easy. Outside.

I know, I probably just made a lot of ‘home-bodies’ and ‘introverts’ shrivel up inside. But, unfortunately it’s the cold hard truth.

How can you expect to be inspired and produce quality ideas to write about, when you stay in the same place and never move from your butt-creased sofa?

Get up, grab a snack, and step through your front door! There are sights to see, people to visit, and an abundance of inspiration that needs catching.

Great places to become inspired include: Cafes (Great for improving dialogue, learning mannerisms, as well as honing physical characterisation), Parks (Enhances understanding of one’s world, and furthers a writer’s ability to describe environment – also parks are freaking awesome), libraries (Great for people watching, useful for spur of the moment prompts in concerns of a stranger’s life).

There is no shortage of places that you can go, to get inspired.

You simply need to get off your ass, and go somewhere!

What should you do now?

Stop pulling your hair out.

You need to realise that the real problem blocking you from inspiration, is your perception.

There is a story to be found everywhere.

A bloody stapler, can inspire you to write one of the best serial killer novels in the world!

You need to get creative with it – Look through a different lens, and get to living your life.

If you don’t live, and feel, you will fall into a dark formless abyss, forever void of creativity and growth.

I don’t mean to scare you here, but it has to be said!

LIVE, live before it’s too late.

 

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4 thoughts on “Writing Inspiration: Why You Don’t Have Any

  1. This is such a helpful post for me at the moment, Elly! I’m definitely going to come back to it. I have to write a complete short story by the end of the month for one of my PWE subjects and I really struggle to come up with (decent) ideas under time pressure. Another reason I think I struggle with inspiration is that I’m currently living in a very rural, isolated place. This would be great if I was interested in writing about nature/animals but I’m much more interested in writing about people! Of which there are very few around here… But you’ve reminded me that I might actually have to go looking for inspiration, not just sit and wait til it strikes me at home.
    I love your point about eavesdropping. Since starting this course, I’ve become an unashamed eavesdropper. One of my favourite places to do this is on my 3 hour bus rides to Melbourne. You get a really interesting mix of people on the bus: teenagers, elderly people, drunk people, international visitors, down and out people, conspiracy theorists – which is not always the best for a comfortable bus ride but can yield some great material for a writer!

    Some tips I would add to yours:
    – looking through a newspaper can give you all sorts of story ideas/jumping off points. I’ve heard of writers keeping folders/scrapbooks of newspaper clippings to come back to for inspiration. One writer- can’t remember who- was particularly interested stories with elements of the bizarre.

    – even if your life is uninspiring in the present, looking to your past can give you heaps of story ideas. I read a quote once that said something like ‘anyone who’s lived through adolescence has a story to write’ (I can’t remember who said this). Even if you don’t want to write about yourself, or things that have happened to you, you could just pick an interesting person you’ve met and make up a story about them. Or pick an event from your past and invent a completely new character to go through it. That’s often what I end up doing.

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    • Wow, great tips Kirra! I really love ’em 🙂 And oh, I wish we could swap homes! You can have hustle-and-bustle suburbia, and I could have your rural lifestyle of what I perceive as peaceful and very much my cup of tea! And yep, eavesdropping is brilliant for writers. Definitely a tad naughty, but a necessity haha.

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    • Thank you! I try to keep my writing casual yet still enjoyable to read… I hope I’m succeeding in that feat 🙂 And yes, that stapler can be very useful for a writer! In more ways than one 😉 Happy writing Angela!

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