Inspiration to get Pen to Paper or Fingers to Keyboard!

18 Aug

Writing is a needy hobby.

For one thing, you have to sit down and just do it. Concentrate, sit still and for the most part, be in your own little world.

Writing isn’t usually a team sport unless you’re writing a collaborative piece or you’re in the editing phase. Before editing, though, the goal is to get some words down that hopefully incite some inspiration in you and/or others.

But where does this inspiration come from? Sometimes you’re just blank out of ideas and need a bit of a Hallelujah moment to get you going. Well, where are you going to find these moments?

It’s very easy to get sucked into the idea that if you’re uninspired you just won’t write. Well, that’s how I got to 3 years into my novel and have only half of it done…if that. So, it’s about time to pull out every writing exercise, inspirational tidbit and toolbox I can think of to get things rolling again.

Today, I stumbled upon this great site: WriteToDone. It was started by a guy named Leo Babauta – a published author, staff writer, novelist, and pro blogger – and is supported by another pro blogger and now Editor of Write to Done, Mary Jaksch. It covers various elements of writing from riling up those creative juices to getting published. The article that I stumbled upon was called “31 ways to Find Inspiration for Your Writing.” From eavesdropping to art galleries and breaking your routine to reading magazines, they list various ways to take in any and all of your surroundings to find inspiration and get the proverbial writing ball rolling.

Today’s Writing Challenge: Eavesdrop on the people at the next table while grabbing your morning coffee/lunch; read an article in a magazine that you normally don’t read; or Wikipedia an historical time period and write a short story based on your findings. Don’t lift your pen, just write for 15 mins straight and see what you come up with.

Ready, Set, Write!


4 Responses to “Inspiration to get Pen to Paper or Fingers to Keyboard!”

  1. eastbaywriter August 18, 2011 at 3:25 PM #

    Great resources! Thanks for posting them.

  2. csandiford August 18, 2011 at 3:28 PM #

    Thanks! I’ll keep a look out for more & keep posting 🙂

  3. C.B. Wentworth August 18, 2011 at 4:50 PM #

    I love how you call writing a “needy hobby.” It’s so true!

    Those links sound great and I’ll be checking them out. 🙂


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