Ever have one of those days when you know you have to write something, so you spend the whole day going about your business thinking about your writing assignment or book. You mull some ideas over in your head for a while, but then, once the time comes to actually write something, nothing comes out? I had one of those days recently and so I wanted to share with you 5 things to do when you need inspiration as this list was vital for me to get my writing work done.
1. Do a brain dump. Often we have good ideas stuck in our brain, but they need help to come out. By doing a brain dump you are helping to release your ideas and random thoughts. This is also a great exercise to do in general when you need to clear your head.
2. Look around you. This can work well if you are just sitting and staring at a blank page. Look around you, at your desk, out a window, whatever there is to look at and open yourself up to a possible idea. A book title, people talking, a bird, anything really can lead to an idea for something to write about. Even if it’s gibberish or you just delete it, you still helped get your brain out of a rut and into inspired writing mode.
3. Write the solution to a recent problem you had. Have you had to deal with any problems recently? Then write up the solutions you found! Did you find a new tool? Did you realize a faster way to finish something? Did you find an alternative solution to what is normally done that works better? Share it with others! A quick Q&A post can be incredibly helpful for other people who struggle with the same issues.
4. Look at similar sites in you niche and find some inspiration from them. Sometimes I find when I read an article I can pull an idea from it or take the key topic and write it to apply to my niche. Now, this is not copying the article or just rewording parts and putting it on your site (that would be wrong). This is just letting an idea or common theme that comes up in other articles inspire you to write your own article on it. I also find that even if I am reading, say, a food blog, I can pick up ideas to apply to my writing blog.
5. Set a timer and just start typing. Sometimes nothing seems to help and we need to start writing. When my brain is just not wanting to write, I set my timer for 10 minutes and start typing. Random words. Random sentences. Even gibberish. Just typing or moving my pen across paper helps to release my thoughts and get my brain to switch into ‘writing mode’. Plus, this is actually fun to do. The random stuff that comes out can be quite entertaining at times. But in general it does help me get into the right state of mind to get to work.
While these are just five tips out of many different ways to to find inspiration, they are some of my favorites. In fact, I used several of them to compile this article in the first place! If you have your own tips, please share them in a comment below. I would love to hear them and maybe use them for my own writing in the future.