Tips for Writing Inspiration

Writers write. That’s how this whole thing works, so what happens when we can’t write? You have the urge to write, so you sit down at your desk with a cup of coffee. You open up Word and your fingers hover over your keyboard and … nothing happens. Your mind is completely blank. We all dread this moment, so how do we avoid it? Let’s talk writing inspiration today.

As writers we pay attention to the world around us because we never know when that spark of inspiration will strike us. There are stories all around us. Maybe we start daydreaming about who that intriguing stranger in the café is. Maybe we drive by an interesting looking house and start giving it a history. Maybe we overhear someone’s conversation and a scene hits us. There’s inspiration all around us if you look for it.

Change up your playlist. Music is inspiring, whether it’s one song’s lyrics that create a scene in your head or it’s a certain genre that gets you hyped up and ready to write. Find the music that inspires you for your current WiP.

Change up where you write. This is another easy fix for getting those words flowing again. Try a park or a hole in the wall café to write in. A new environment may be just what you need.

Try out a prompt or two. Even if you’re working on a specific piece, starting your writing day with a prompt is a great way to get your creative juices flowing. It helps you settle into the writing mindset and jumpstarts your creativity. They can also be great ideas for short stories. I find most of the prompts I use in our writing group on Pinterest. I’ll list some of my favorites at the end of this blog.

Most importantly, create a writing routine and stick to it. Having a specific routine for when you write is the first step in actually writing once you sit down to write. Because it’s a habit, you’ll find the words come to you right away. Establishing a writing routine is crucial to defeating writer’s block. Pick a time, show up to it, and write.

Here are some prompts to inspire you:

  • She should have known. Nothing lasts forever, especially not pacts with the Elder Gods.
  • Shapes moved in the shadows, materializing into two men; one tall and wiry, the other portly and broad-shouldered with a disfigured nose.
  • Her face reflected on the broken mirror and for a moment she felt as if she had really shattered too.
  • “The shadows betray you because they serve me.”
  • She wrote her spell using vermilion ink on yellow paper, the intricate tracings elaborately entwined. It was meant to ward off evil. She hung it on the bedpost in hope.
  • Her body was littered with scars from old hunts, a living tapestry of near-misses and fights.
  • He was tumbling through the air, colors flashing before his eyes, wind howling around him. Reaching out, he hoped to grip something, anything, to slow down his fall.
  • Pick one of your secondary characters. Write a scene where the character witnesses something that leaves them no option but to betray the protagonist and join the other side.

What inspires you? Share below and happy writing!

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