Inspiration is sometimes hard to find. This topic is something I wanted to blog about since me and my friends first started this website, but I haven’t gotten around to it until now. So that brings me to today:
Are you looking at writing a story but unsure of what to write about? (That’s me sometimes.) Are you stuck in your writing and clueless about what to do next? (Oh, yeah, that’s definitely me.) Do you feel like you’re all out of ideas? (I feel ya!) You’re probably asking yourself: “where is inspiration when you need it?” You’re not alone. We all feel like we don’t get any ideas most of the time.
So, where is inspiration? Most authors will tell you that it’s everywhere. This is true, however, let me say that inspiration is intertwined with personality. It is based on our interests, what we like, what makes us excited, or what ignites our imagination. A lot of times we don’t really know where to find inspiration. I think maybe it would be great to start off by finding what interests you. Try new things, look in new places. If it helps, you can make a list of the things you like or enjoy doing.
Then ask questions – lots of questions.
For example, just the word “princess” is intriguing to me. So, then I ask myself, does she like being a princess or what if she never knew she was born into royalty? I come up with different stories that involve a princess but not necessarily as the main character. You may get an idea from a picture in a magazine or from that broken clock on the wall. You might ask yourself why is this clock broken? What caused it to break? What if it was broken on purpose? Certain words can spark imagination as well (like my princess example above). Maybe you like to draw. Maybe you can create an entire story solely around one drawing. Did you draw a tree? Is it magical? If you like history, you might find your story in a setting in the past. You might ask yourself: I wonder what it would have been like to live during such and such time?
Sometimes an idea may come from something you’ve seen or heard. I know lots of people get story ideas from music or dreams they’ve had. (Here lately some of my ideas have come from dreams.) Back in the spring I entered a 500-word short story in a contest. The story started out as a dream right before I learned about the contest. I dreamt of a father and son who never got along with each other. The next day, I asked myself questions about the dream. I asked: why don’t they get along? What do they argue over? Asking these questions helped to create the way I wanted the story to go. Thus, the story became “A Second Chance.” However, I discovered so much more than what ever made it into the actual story. Sometimes I get an idea from a particular element or aspect in a movie that I like. Like, maybe the movie showed the relationship between sisters and then I find that I want to write a story about sisters. Often when I come up with a story idea I piece a lot of things together to fit what I want.
Also, what may inspire one person might not inspire someone else. I can look at a violin and see just a violin, while someone else can look at the same violin and see an entire story revolve around it. Brainstorm more ideas and piece things together that fit what you want to write about. Remember that ideas are everywhere and in everything, so keep your eyes open. Who knows, maybe tomorrow you’ll find your next novel.
(Thank you, Maggie, for showing me how to add a GIF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) 🙂
What are your thoughts on this? Where do you find inspiration? For your current writing project where did you get your inspiration? If you’d like to read “A Second Chance” I can put it up on Critique Corner. Let me know in the comments. 🙂 I can’t wait to hear from you!!!! (Seriously, guys, I can’t WAIT to hear from you!!!!!!!!!!!!) 🙂