Writer’s block is hard, however finding writing inspiration is easier than you think. Whether you are writing poetry, a screenplay, non-fiction, fiction or a radio play, writing inspiration can hit you at any time. That’s why it’s best to write down any good ideas you have, so you don’t forget them! Personally, I have not experienced writer’s block for some years. I’ve been punctual with my creative writing class deadlines and frequently contribute to beta storytelling groups.
However, it can take a while to change how your brain operates. That being said, it is possible. With patience, and some discipline you can reach your writing goals. Not all of these tips are going to work for you, but I hope this article helps.
This point is not feasible for everyone- after all, us writers have different budgets and lifestyles. Travel can also be time-consuming. Yet I find travel to be a great source for literary inspiration because it challenges you. By emerging outside of your comfort zone, you start to see and look at the world through different lenses. Because of that, experiences are a great fuel for inspiration. For me personally? I’m planning a trip to Russia to sir up my creative juices.
A few days back, I wrote an article about real-world locations that would inspire any fantasy writer. Check it out!
Do Something You Have Never Done Before
Maybe you’ve never gone to a pub during a Barcelona game. Or perhaps you’ve never taken a hot air balloon ride or gone rockclimbing. See where I am going with this? We all have experiences that we have not done. For adventurous writing, you must be that yourself. Once you have done something you have never done before (I’ve never been in an upside down rollercoaster!) you can write about it in your story. Because of that, I urge all stuck writers to get out of their comfort zones and do something unexpected.
If you are on a budget, think small. Maybe go to the movies by yourself if you only ever go with friends (same goes for restaurants). Writers that show courage in their lives will enrich the world around them. I know that.
What strikes me about poetry is how vivid the imagery is. Poetry often results in a thousand interpretations. This means that a single poem could conjure up trillions of images. Because of that, I am certain that at least one of those images will inspire your writing.
So, for writing inspiration, analyse and read poetry! Because of that practice, you’ll become a sharper writer (as poets can’t waffle on) and have cool things to write about.
Check out classic poems like “Ozymandias” by Percy B. Shelley. For those who want longer works- Dante’s “The Divine Comedy” or Beowulf are fantastic reads.
Listen To Music
There are songs that can inspire novels. Because of that, if you truly love music, you shouldn’t be afraid to use your favourite pieces of music as literary inspiration. Music speaks to the soul and to the mind. Shouldn’t your fiction do that as well? I highly recommend film soundtracks (“Interstellar” has a beautiful one), concept albums (think Marilyn Manson, Pink Floyd and The Smashing Pumpkins!) and operas.
For those who want further inspiration- look at music videos. Usually theey are stacked with imagery, but don’t have a singular strong plot. To give a recommendation, I like this music video by the Smashing Pumpkins:
Onto my final point!
Okay, I’m partially biased here being a modern history major myself. Yet history is rich with many stories- from the good, the bad and those moments that were a bit of both. Studying history is highly rewarding because it gives greater insight in how people work. Therefore, a superior knowledge of history often translates into a strong ability to construct arguments.
Take time in understanding how the world has operated- and who knows, maybe you’ll be able to determine what happens next. History is fascinating, and everyone should study it. If you don’t know where to start? Look at the historical inspiration behind your favourite books, and use that as a starting point.
To conclude this point, I will say that real-world history is actually the bread and butter of the fictional worlds we construct. Study history. It’s that important.
What are your thoughts? Comment below, I’d love to read your ideas!