A huge part of being a writer, no matter what your style is, is finding inspiration, for an uninspired work is uninspiring to read!
I can always tell when a writer is forcefully writing and when there is no actual passion behind their words. There are so many indicators that a work is not inspired and the best example would have to be directed to scientific or professional essay format. If there is anything that I have learned from my time in University, or English Lit for that manner it is that style is by no means a priority in essays (even though I really think it should be). This being said often times, at least when you are in school, essays are not written by choice, and it is often spelled in the style and lack of passion when reading. But you can always tell when an essay is written with interest behind it. Something keeps you reading, whether it be the writer’s blossoming interest and growing thoughts and opinions, or the excitement portrayed in the topic, there is most definitely inspiration displayed.
This concept carries over to any other style of writing as well, and that is why no matter where you are in the world, be it a quiet town or a busy city, you need to find inspiration to write.
I just so happened to have lived in both of the extremes. A tiny little village like hamlet with more cows than humans and a great big city full of working gears that can’t stop running. So here are some great tips that have been able to help me get inspired, wherever I am in the world.
1. People watch: Can’t find a character? Just so happens that humans exist outside of your four walls, and they are out there living. Pick up a pen and notebook and go sit on a bench or a curb and find someone to build off of. No, they don’t have to know, because you don’t actually know them, but for but a moment you can sure pretend to.
2. Listen to EVERYTHING: Now this is a hobby of mine. I bring a notebook on the city bus, or I use my phone to be more discrete and I write down as much of the mismatched dialogue as I can. I call it bus poetry because everything is jumbled and it flows together surprisingly beautifully. I find it’s a lot easier when the weather is bad (raining or snowing) because people have way more to talk out loud about when there is something going on outside, in which they all have to deal with. This usually helps me get a handle on common communication, which can so easily be forgotten in fictional writing.
3. Descriptive Scene: Go outside, go to a mall, go to a school, go to a park, and just write that scene out as descriptively as you possibly can. And I mean I want you to make a blind man see this place, describe everything from blades of grass to cracks in pavement. This exercise will show you how easy it is to boost your readability and if needed, your word counts. If anything it will help you get the ball rolling, as scene building is huge in novel writing.
4. Read a whole bunch: Read some shorts, read some magazine articles, read about writing. HELL, read about inspiration! Read anything that could inspire you to write and work on what you are working on. If you need to write fantasy, go pick up some fantasy, if you are writing horror, then go get scared. Just read, read, read.
I sincerely hope that this helps you get inspired and I would be so interested in hear about how you get inspired when nothing else works! Leave your tips in the comments below or email me at mazie.bishop(at)gmail.com.
Mazie Bishop is a fiery 22 year-old writer and journalism student from Canada. Self-published as well as has several poems and short fiction pieces published in various anthologies and magazines. She is a big dreamer that hopes to be writing with the big guys some day and cannot wait for her career to start! Currently she is in the process of writing her second novel and is in the outlining stages of a quarter-life memoir. You can read about her little crafty adventures and read her work or gander at her photos on www.theselittlepieces.com.