Inspiration is essential for writers. We look for it everywhere. It is the driving force of everything we do, and it provides us with the passion to write.
But, when you rely on inspiration to fuel your art, you sometimes fail to see what an amazing thing it is. You take fuel from the things you see, without taking the time to appreciate them. Then, before you know it, the things which once would’ve inspired you become irrelevant.
When this happens, it can often lead to the much-dreaded writer’s block. Those of you have already experienced blocks won’t need telling twice that they’re best avoided. So, when your inspiration is no longer inspiring you, it’s time to take a step back.
To do that, consider where you gain most of your inspiration. Think hard about where, and why, your best writing has come about. Looking at the issue this way is sure to spark your passion. And, to help you, we’re going to look at the three common inspiration sources, and consider how you can give them back their power.
Kindness is a source of inspiration to many of us. We write about people, and seeing them at their best is sure to give us ideas. If you’re in an inspirational blockage, it can feel as though there is no kindness, but it’s far from the case.
Kind acts take place all around, even when they aren’t obvious. Next time you’re out in public, look around. That woman at the cashpoint may be in the process of setting up a special needs trust for a family member. For all you know, she hasn’t slept in weeks. That person next to you in the queue may have been up all night with an unwell pet. You just don’t know.
If you can’t see kindness, write your own. The more you get into the habit, the more you’ll see that kindness is all around.
Originality is another source of inspiration for many. But, when you go to the same places and see the same people, there won’t be much originality in your life. You’ll be used to the sights, sounds, and quirks of those around you.
If this happens, go for a coffee in a new town. Any new people you meet are sure to have some of that originality you need to get going again.
Recognition is the trickiest inspiration to get a handle on because it’s not a solid concept. In fact, many of us don’t even realize that it drives our creation. But, there’s nothing like a moment of recognition to get the juices flowing. Think about when a book seems to speak directly to you. If you’re anything like most of us, you can’t wait to pick up a pen straight after.
Recognition with people has the same effect. And, finding it is as easy as opening conversations with like-minded individuals. We all have things in common; it’s just about knowing how to discover them!