10 tips for finding inspiration for your next writing project

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What will your next writing project be?

Writing project inspiration via HenpickedIf you’re a writer, then you already know how much you live and die by inspiration. Writing is a craft and there are a lot of technical skills that go into putting a writing project together. However, without that special extra part, the inspiration, you’ll never find writing that much of a joy.

When you do get inspired, the words flow and everything seems that much easier.

Let’s take a look at ten methods you can adopt for getting inspired for your next writing project.

1. Listen to music

Some people write by music all the time, others prefer silence. If you need total silence to write, that doesn’t mean this tip is obsolete. One easy technique for getting inspiration is to listen to music for a while before you put pen to paper. Then switch it off to give yourself the silence you need once you are ready. Try and find music that doesn’t have words, so you don’t scramble yourself too much.

2. Read

You can’t really overestimate how important this one is. Writing without reading, even if you have bags of inspiration, is always a challenge. Reading good literature is usually what has inspired most writers to be writers at all.

3. Switch up the scenery

If you’ve found a place to write but you just can’t make it happen then you should consider changing location. For a lot of people, the act of writing is one which requires a sense of purpose. Even though it could technically be done from the confines of your bed, sitting at a desk or in a coffee shop can be of great help.

4. Write anyway

Sometimes inspiration just won’t come no matter what. When these unfortunate situations arise it can sometimes help to think of writing not as something creative and pleasurable but as something you need to do, have to do, no matter what. Pushing yourself to get words on the page, even low-quality, uninspired words, can help you crack through the writer’s block.

5. Sleep

Ignore the romanticized image of the great writers up late at night with a bottle of whiskey. It’s one thing to stay up late because the words are flowing, but if you’re up late trying to get started, just admit defeat. A good night’s sleep will help clear your mind.

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6. Don’t hold out for genius

This isn’t to say you aren’t capable of genius. It’s  more to say that even geniuses went through barren periods, churning out nothing of much consequence. Write until you’re a genius, don’t start writing after you are.

7. Do some things you’ve never done before

If you’re a writer it’s possible you find most of your days follow a pretty stable routine. Wake up, breakfast, write at your desk etc. Sometimes, to get inspired, you need to push yourself out of that comfort zone and experience the world a bit. This can be really helpful.

8. Try freewriting

Freewriting can be extremely liberating, especially for those of you who are obsessed with control in your writing. This means writing whatever comes into your head, without even using punctuation.

9. Try word associations

In a similar vein to freewriting, this is a game you can play to unlock real creativity. Take a dictionary, open at a random page, pick a random word and then write everything that that word makes you think of until something clicks.

10. Grab a pen and paper

A lot of people are writing creatively on laptops these days. It’s often a great thing and very practical. However, it can cause a block in creativity. Try a pen and paper for a short time and see what happens.

Overall there’s loads you can do to make sure that your block in creativity is a temporary blip and not a giant hump in the road. Be a bit creative about what you try to overcome it and you should see some good results.

About Nancy Chavira

I'm a freelance writer and social media marketing keynote speaker. I aim to engage with my audience in a thoughtful way and help to create improvement through personal connections. When I'm not writing or speaking, I like hiking and cooking new recipes.