In this week’s column I’m exploring writing inspiration. Where it comes from and some of the best places to find it. This can be anything from writing prompts, pictures, to overhearing conversations. Whether you are writing poetry, flash fiction, short stories, or novels, if you’re not sure where to start, this week’s column should help. The links I’ve chosen this week cover a range of different ways to find inspiration for your writing and I hope you find them really useful.
- https://www.chloetwist.com/blog/how-to-get-story-ideas/ – How To Get Story Ideas: 17 Useful Methods: This post from Chloe Twist features 17 different ideas for story inspiration. It begins with an infographic with all 17 ideas laid out, followed by an explanation and examples for each. It includes things like Pinterest, eavesdropping, news headlines, dreams, and more.
- https://smartblogger.com/how-to-get-inspired-to-write/ – 99 Ways to Get Inspired To Write: This post is a little different in that it’s not providing you with prompts or ideas to write about, but giving you the little kick that we all need sometimes to get things done. There are some weird and wonderful tips in this post including, “take a dump”. You have to read it to find out more about that J
- https://thejohnfox.com/2016/06/writing-inspiration/ – How 50 Famous Authors Find Writing Inspiration: This post gives a wonderful insight into the writing process of some of the best writers including Haruki Murakami, Ransom Riggs, Cormac McCarthy, Chuck Palahniuk, Ursula Le Guin, David Mitchell, and Emma Donoghue. Some of the ideas include watching movies, listening to stories, people watching, and more.
- https://www.livewritethrive.com/2014/03/31/20-things-that-can-help-you-find-inspiration-for-writing/ – 20 Things That Can Help You Find Inspiration for Writing: This post by C. S. Lakin is broken down into time increments. If you only have 10 minutes there are a number of things you can do such as listening to music, word association games, writing in longhand, and meditation. If you have 30 minutes there’s another list of things, and for those with larger blocks of time there’s even more things like creating a treasure chest.
- https://www.creativelive.com/blog/book-ideas/ – 43 Ways to Find the Best Book Idea for a New Writer: There are plenty of great ideas to choose from in this post and it’s broken down into sections such as your own experiences, experiments, research, and thoughts and analysis. You’re bound to find something useful to use.
- http://writingexercises.co.uk/index.php – Writing Exercises: This is a wonderful tool to use when you are stuck and needing some inspiration. You can use it to generate random first line prompts, give you a random subject, generate a quick plot, writing prompts that use dialogue, what if scenarios, generate random words to kick start inspiration, generate characters, random image generator, and much more. There’s something for everyone in this tool.
- https://blog.reedsy.com/creative-writing-prompts/ – Writing Prompts: There are over 584 prompts to choose from on this page and you can select based on genre if you prefer. Genres include comedy, dramatic, fantasy and sci-fi, general, romance, thriller, mystery, and more.
- https://www.writtenwordmedia.com/500-writing-prompts-to-help-beat-writers-doubt/ – 500 Writing Prompts to Help Beat Writer’s Block: This last post is another one about prompts. You can choose from a the list of genres or simply scroll down the page to read them all. There are some excellent prompts that will really get your inspiration flowing.
I hope you enjoyed the links and I look forward to bringing you some more Really Useful Links next week. If there is a topic that you would like to see covered, get in touch and I will see what I can do.
(c) Amanda J Evans