Where Do You Find Writing Inspiration?

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Third week of NaBloPoMo and we need to talk about inspiration. It feels like blog post ideas either come fast and furious -- there are just too many things to write about and not enough time (or energy) -- or you're in a dry spell where you know you want to write something -- write anything -- and connect with readers, but you can't think of anything to say. So what do you do for inspiration to help you through the lean times?

  • Take a tip from Joseph (you know, the one with the technicolour dreamcoat) and store writing ideas to get you through a writing famine. Jot down ideas for evergreen posts -- things you've noticed, books you'd like to review, old stories from childhood -- and tuck them away to be written during a time period when you can't think of anything to say.
  • Ask your readers a question. The post can be about why you're asking the question -- what inspired it. Sometimes the impending discussion can bring out more post ideas.
  • Use the NaBloPoMo prompts -- even if they're an old one from another month. There's no rule to using the NaBloPoMo prompts; they're put up Monday through Friday to help jog a post idea if you're running low on what to write. But you don't have to use the current one if it doesn't speak to you. Go back into the archives and find one that inspires you.
  • When in doubt, set aside your own art and observe someone else's. Go read blog posts, watch a movie, listen to music, or read a book. Sometimes within the act of consuming another person's work, you'll get ideas that will spark your own.
  • Join a listserv such as Prompt-ly, where people exchange post ideas, point out articles that could become a good blog post, and discuss writing.
  • Look for current events in the newspaper that you might want to comment on.

Where else do you look for inspiration when you're feeling low on blog post ideas?

Photo Credit: Bes Z.

Melissa writes Stirrup Queens and Lost and Found. Her novel about blogging is Life from Scratch.


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