For writers generally, getting inspiration to write on your “not-so-inspired” days is a herculean task. Being a writer means you have to write even when you don’t have any exciting piece to write about. At one point or the other, we’ve all found ourselves at this point.
However, I’m going to highlight some of the reasons for this and proffer solutions and ways to go around it.
Here’s why you hardly get any inspiration:
1) You’re a Perfectionist writer:
You’re a perfectionist writer if you’re working on that post or article for ages, you keep editing and reediting and at the end, you never get to publish it. Each time you look at your written work all you see is a piece of literary crap. Quit it please! Just quit it! Don’t be too judgmental on your writing. You’re still a work in progress.
I’m not saying you shouldn’t thoroughly edit your post before publishing, all I’m asking is that you allow it see the light of the day and possibly get feedback. Being a perfectionist writer has its advantages no doubt but sometimes, it could be harmful to your writing life.
Your writing is still a diamond in the rough, don’t stress it.
2) You’re a limited reader:
I know a lot of writers who don’t read books or articles outside their niche. This might be for the purpose of specialization or mastery but its just too unhealthy to limit your “reading sphere” to one or two niches. Try to read more books; could be fiction today, politics tomorrow, sports now, romance later, poetry in the morning, non fiction at night, you decide.
Read almost everything,inspirations fly in from all around.
3) Fall In Love:
Hold on, I know what you’re thinking already. Snap out of it, that’s not what I mean.
When I say “fall in love”, I’m talking about falling in love with yourself. No one knows you better than yourself, you know when you’re happy, sad, excited, hurt or just having a rush of emotions. Accept yourself the way you are. There’s a reason you’re created that way.
You don’t need validation from any one to forge ahead with your style of writing or choice of writing.
Once you fall in love with yourself first, you’ve opened your heart to more opportunities for inspirations than self hate which breeds damnation.
Fall in love with you, be comfortable with that unique person in you and the inspirations would keep streaming in.
4) Go Out More
Taking time out of your busy writing schedule once in a while to go on adventures or trips is as important as you can imagine. Adventures can be in any form; could be a walk down a route you don’t usually take, sight seeing, outdoor fun with friends or acquaintances. As long as you engage in outdoor activities you don’t engage in usually.
Do something fun, leave your comfort zone and you’d have a wide range of inspiration for your next project.
5) Feel Some Music
Remember I said feel, not listen.
Music makes the world go round, when it’s felt. The instrumentals and vocals of a track can trigger a special kind of feeling in you, not necessarily in accordance with the lyrics but with how it makes you feel at that time. Most writers don’t like to listen to music when they’re writing (except it’s soul music, blues or plainly instrumental) while others do. Some others believe in listening to the music first, feeling the unspoken emotions in it and they turn it off and begin to create marathon written pieces.
For me both works, sometimes I want to listen to music while writing and other times I just want to feel the music, turn off and continue.
Another great idea is having a playlist for whatever genre you’re writing.
When I’m writing poems, I have an instrumental playlist for that. (Mostly Jazz and Blues)
When I’m writing fiction, soul music does it. Just find what genre of music is appealing to your writing emotions and utilize it.
6) Keep A Journal
What if you need to meet a deadline and don’t have time for music or any long process, this works fast enough. This is because your journal contains those millions of little and half thoughts and musings that you can fix and get something out of. You can also generate new ideas for your writing project from just a word, quote, sentence or phrase.
7) Your Work Environment And Time
Sometimes, where you sit to write is important because most prominent writers have confessed that their writing space influences their writing or flow of inspiration.
Your choice of time is equally important. Find what works for you and stick to it.
8) Start writing already
When none of this gives you the desired result, just ignore your quiet muse and start writing anyway. You’re going to be discouraged at first but once get past the first stage, you could go on and on forgetting about food or sleep. Don’t wait on your muse. Start and it’d join you.
I hope this post helps writers who are battling with getting inspirations for their next project. Talk to me in the comment box below. Which have you been practicing or would you love to practice?