Resources for Writers
Sources of Writing Wisdom by Dave Chesson
Have you ever been truly inspired?
You will know the immense importance of inspiration if you’ve ever been struck by it.
Inspiration is the fuel our writing runs on. When we feel inspired, our words flow freely and writing is a true pleasure.
Without inspiration, we struggle to sit down and create. Writing is a chore and time passes slowly.
Sometimes, inspiration strikes unexpectedly. We may hear a song, or catch the eye of a stranger, and feel our muse is with us. Such unexpected moments of inspiration are fantastic, but sadly can’t be relied upon.
Instead, it’s important to cultivate different sources of writing wisdom we can turn to whenever our inspiration runs low.
If you need an inspirational boost to reignite your passion for writing, consider the following sources of writing wisdom.
Talk With A Writing Mentor
Is there anything more valuable than the advice of a wise mentor?
A writing mentor is likely to be able to offer you advice and support in a way which no-one else can.
Firstly, this is due to the professional experience and insight your mentor has. Years of practicing the craft of writing gives firsthand insight into its challenges and struggles. When you talk with your mentor, you know that they have walked the path you are on and can guide you through its twists and turns.
Secondly, writing mentors offer inspiration on a human level. It’s one thing to hear motivational tales about writers you have never met. It’s another thing entirely to hear them in person from someone you speak to regularly and who knows and understands you.
Finding a suitable mentor is a challenge. Taking the time to discover someone with the right combination of experience, personality and availability is a valuable pursuit which will enrich your writing life for years to come.
Learn From A Suitable Course
We live in an age where there are more opportunities to educate ourselves than ever before. There are writing courses to suit every need, level of experience and personal set of circumstances.
Taking a writing course is an effective way to gain new ideas and perspectives to refresh your work.
Sometimes, stepping outside of your comfort zone and taking a thrillingly unfamiliar course is a way to break out of your routine and feel inspired once more. Other times, covering familiar topics from a fresh perspective can help you to find new ways to do old tasks.
The type of course you choose will depend upon your personal situation and what you hope to learn. If you are looking to feel regularly inspired and to have an event in your calendar to look forward to, a part-time course is a good choice. The structured schedule of the course will allow you to build momentum, while the part-time delivery method leaves time for everything else in life.
Distance learning is a superb source of writing wisdom which is open to almost anyone. There is no need to travel to a course and no need to have a routine block of time available. No matter how unpredictable or busy your life may be, you can always find the time to learn more about writing with distance learning.
It’s good to strike a balance between taking the time to find the right course for you, and taking action and making a commitment to get started. On the one hand, make sure you consider whether any particular course is a good fit for your needs, and whether there is anything else out there better suited. On the other, don’t procrastinate for too long. Weigh up your options and then commit.
Enjoy Inspirational Information
Finding a writing mentor or taking a writing course are both intensive ways of becoming a better writer.
For a quicker and more accessible dose of writing wisdom, consider the many valuable sources of enjoyable and educational writing information in our lives.
You can search for and purchase a book about writing with just a few clicks. No matter whether you prefer a printed book, eBook, or audiobook, it’s never been easier to find something suitable. The best writing books offer useful information in a way that’s also pleasurable to enjoy. By always having a writing book to hand, you can enjoy a quick boost of inspirational wisdom no matter where you are.
Author podcasts are another way to access ideas that are both useful and enjoyable. If you find the right podcast, it’s like having a mentor, course and entertaining show all in one. Writing podcasts can teach you techniques to overcome a technical challenge you have when writing, or offer entertaining and inspirational stories from successful authors.
Because the best writing books and podcasts blur the line between information and entertainment, you can often enjoy yourself so much while experiencing them that you forget you’re actually learning in the process.
The Right Wisdom For You
If you’re not entirely sure about the best type of writing wisdom to help you regain your inspiration, consider the following suggestions:
- A mentor is suitable for a writer who is either willing to seek someone out, or happens to have connections with people who might be right.
- Writing courses are so plentiful that there is something for everyone. However, be sure you will commit to a course before signing up.
- Entertaining information is a great source of wisdom no matter where you are. Try and put what you learn into practice. Otherwise, you risk crossing the line into procrastination.
Which sources of writing wisdom have been the most beneficial in your own creative life? Feel free to share your story in the comments.
© Dave Chesson
Dave Chesson is a Kindle Marketing Jedi at Kindlepreneur.com
He is the author of Amazon Kindle Rankings. More details and order your copy online here.
I’m 34 years old and an 11 year veteran of the US Navy. I was also a military kid and so have lived in all corners of the globe. But that’s not what defines me. After my family, my real passion is books, but more specifically the new world of Kindle e-books. I’ve made a pretty decent side income out of them.
You could say ‘I have a certain set of skills’.
If I had to describe myself, I would start by saying I’m a husband and a father first and foremost. But when I am not playing dress up or chasing the Bogey Man out of the closet, I am an online entrepreneur specializing in Kindle e-book marketing.
It wasn’t until I discovered self-publishing on Amazon that I kicked into the next gear. Combining my SEO knowledge and website development experience with Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), I found my mark.