Can’t generate inspiration for a new story? Not sure what to write about?
Everyone gets ideas a little differently. For some people, the plot is the first thing to develop in their minds. For others, the worldbuilding. For me, it’s characters.
But all books start with an idea. And here are some ways to help spark inspiration.
- Become a people watcher.
No, not in a creepy sense. But become an observer of people. No matter what genre you’re writing in, there is inspiration to be found in the everyday. Understand what drives people, what motivates, what detracts. Take the time for this, and your books will greatly benefit.
- Go for a walk.
Seriously, just step out your door with your writer’s cap on (and bring a notebook) and the world WILL spill ideas to you. You might not use them, but they will be there.
- Use the writer’s prism.
Borrowing the line from David Baldacci. 😉
No matter where you are, look at the world through the writer’s prism. Writers are curious. Writers ask questions. Writers seek to understand. And it never hurts to throw a few good theories out there. Why did the mailman start walking faster at that house? Why did the dog bark? Why did that car honk its horn? Is there some connection between this person and that person who aren’t looking at each other?
(You get the idea.)
- Watch a movie/read a book.
This one doesn’t personally work for me, because when I garner ideas from movies or books, they end up looking wwaayy too much like the source material. 😂 So I have to let them simmer a good long time.
But this might work for you. Even if you aren’t looking for inspiration, take a brain break. Learn from somebody else’s work. Observe. Take notes.
Regardless of where you look for inspiration, you are likely to find it. Not all ideas turn into best sellers or even finished novels, but if you have a thought, write it down. You never know.
After all, even Lord of the Rings started with an idea.
So, what do you think? What are some sources of inspiration you reach out to? Do any of these resonate with you? Let’s chat in the comments!