Do you need writing inspiration? Well, as we’ve previously discussed, being a writer means being able to write each and every day regardless of how ‘inspired’ you feel. But, with that said, when something does inspire us, it’s often reflected in our writing. When something ignites our inner passion, that passion finds its way onto the page and into the mind of the reader. So what can we do to jumpstart our inspiration and stoke the flames of passion into life?

1. Listen to music

‘Listen to music to find a way into the story you’re telling. Music is incredibly evocative: find the right piece that reflects the world you’re writing about, and you’re halfway there.’

– Anthony Neilson

Music can be a great way to inject atmosphere into our writing. If you’ve never tried it before, movie soundtracks can be a great place to start.

2. Use your journal

Collect ideas, thoughts and words and come back to them often for a healthy dose of inspiration! If you’re not keeping a journal yet, check out this post for reasons why you should.

3. Write something different

Try telling the story from a different perspective; a different viewpoint or character. Write the same story but change the genre, or write something entirely new. Nothing gets the cogs turning like a fresh plot or viewpoint.

4. Read

Try reading books you wouldn’t usually read. Read non-fiction or books in different genres that sit firmly outside our comfort zone. These can be great sources of inspiration and get you seeing things in new and exciting ways.

5. Watch a movie or play game

It’s relaxing and it exercises your creative mind. Do you need any more excuses?

6. Spend time with other people

Sometimes we need to get out of our own heads. The best way to do this is to connect with people. Meet a friend for coffee or go for a walk with them. Conversation is a great source of inspiration.

7. People watch

Take your computer, notepad or journal to a busy spot like a coffee shop, sit back and watch the world go by. Notice how people interact and ask yourself questions about them. Does their appearance gives you any clues to their personality? Do they have a past? How do other people respond to them?

8. Writing exercises

If you’re still struggling to find inspiration, have a go at a writing exercise. If you don’t have a book on writing, there are plenty of exercises to be found online. These can be just the ticket to getting that pen on the page.

We don’t always have time to wait for inspiration before writing, and it’s good to build the habit of writing daily no matter how inspired you’re feeling, but if you’re really needing a kick, take one of these tips and give them a go. Most importantly, don’t worry! You’ll be tapping or scratching away in no time! As always, keep writing, keep learning and build a better book.

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Peter Turley is a writer, editor, blogger and podcaster living in the North West of England where he grew up. He reads, writes and edits fantasy fiction and co-hosts www.thebookeditorshow.com with Clark Chamberlain. Follow him on Twitter @PDTurley