When Inspiration No Longer Inspires You

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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

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

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.

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Recognition

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!

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When Lost Don’t Panic…7 Simple Tips To Find Yourself When Lost.

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When lost don’t panic,

just leave little marks of hope on your path

and

they will lead you home.

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Jacqueline

There are times that we feel overwhelmingly lost, but this doesn’t mean that your life is doomed. It spells a transition and transformation. The key is not to get stuck in your current rut, but to tap into your hopeful and creative power to redirect your steps back to the life and you that you love.

Apply these 7 simple tips as often as you need to help yourself out of that state.

1. Listen. 

With the frenetic lifestyle that we live and the persistent mind chatter, it’s easy to drown out those signs that speak to us, which is why it’s important to create silence and listen. Life offers us divine messages through various means – songs, billboards, books, nature, the people we meet etc. When we keep our eye’s and minds open we receive guidance and take notice of more.

2. Always remember that the choices are yours. You have the power to be and to do that which you desire.

You get to choose how you feel, what you think, what you do etc. You are empowered to create the life you wish for and it’s important to focus on the positive things around you. The power of attraction makes it such that the Universe will send you more of the same things that you seek.

3. Go and do those things that you love to do. Have an adventure.

Toss out the excuses of no time, no money, no this and that and create the space to do those fun things that make your heart sing. Go out and explore your world – a retreat, solitary walks, a day trip etc. Taking yourself away from your regular patch and its noise offers you opportunities to experience life through fresh eyes.

4. Extend yourself beyond your comfort zone.

Growth will not happen when you stay confined in that comfortable, familiar bubble of yours. Challenge yourself to do new things that invigorate you.

5. Reconnect with your dreams and aspirations. Expand your coast and dream bigger.

What dreams did you have for your life before you deemed them impossible to achieve or they fell through the cracks of a frantic lifestyle?  Revisit those dreams. Write them out and enjoy floating in your dreamland. Reconnecting with your dreams has a way of opening up your mind and floodgate of inspiration.

6. Live a healthy lifestyle, have an adventure

When you are healthier, you feel better in general. Eating right with regular exercises rewards you with a clearer mind.

7. Ask for help

You don’t have to stay stuck in the jam trying to figure it out all on your own. Reach out and ask for help, because sometimes a mere chat with someone you trust can ease the burden and provide great insight that will help you move forward.

 

Cultivating Your Passion To Write…

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When it comes to something like writing, it’s easy to have all of the brightest ideas in the world when you’re not at home. But, when it comes to getting them on paper, the mind is blank, and motivation has disappeared almost entirely. Of course, though, in a lot of cases, drive to write isn’t just a matter of having ideas. Along with this, you also have to find ways to cultivate your passion and make it into something which doesn’t feel like work. To help you out with this, this post will be going through some of the best tools you can use to achieve this sort of goal.

Before you can start thinking about this, though, it’s a good idea to understand why you’re doing it. People are very simple, at their core. By giving yourself simple queues, while also learning and improving your skills, you will make it a lot easier to feel good about spending an evening behind the laptop. Along with this, these sorts of methods can remove issues like writer’s block. And they can also improve your appreciation for other people’s work, knowing what they have gone through to produce it.

Tools To Use

As something becomes easier and you are making fewer mistakes, it will usually become more enjoyable, as you’re spending less of your time fixing things. Writing is no different, and learning a thing or two could be one of the best ways to help you to stay driven with your next big piece. You can work on your effortless English skills through a variety of methods. Though, online courses and study resources tend to be the best for those with busy lives.

Once you’ve got some learning under your belt, you can start to think about the inspiration you can find from other people’s books. A lot of people find that their drive to write is at its peak when they’re in the middle of a book they really like. Always keep your eyes open for new books to read, as this can be one of the best ways to keep yourself motivated.

Along with the learning, you do throughout your studies, you will also want to continue to learn during your career, too. As a part of this, you should be constantly looking at blogs and other resources to find little hints and tips. This will help you to keep up to date with your skills, and will also help you to avoid slipping into bad habits.

Finally, as a way to get some inspiration, writing prompts can be one of the best tools out there. Being given a concept to go from with your story will help you to avoid the issues found with writer’s block. You can find websites around the web which are dedicated to helping people share their short stories which are built from prompts. Using a tool like this, you can compare your work to others, while also getting some valuable feedback.

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Hopefully, this post will encourage you to take the first steps towards embracing the passion you already have. A lot of people have big ideas for novels or other books throughout their life. But, very few act on this urge and their ideas stay locked within their minds. It doesn’t have to be this way, though, if you’re willing to do the work.

What My Mama Said To Me…5

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Mama said to me, baby,
not all your problems
are worth bringing into the light
of the day

We tie such petty issues
beneath our George wrapper
and squash them squarely
between the resilience of our thick thighs.

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Jacqueline

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