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Top 10 Sources of Inspiration for Creative Writing

Top 10 Sources of Inspiration for Creative Writing

Ayn Rand once said, “A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.” You should think of creative writing in this way too. It’s such a subjective pursuit it’s impossible to become the best and beat others. No matter how successful you become, you’ll never convince everyone.

With that in mind, you’ve probably come across a time where you’ve struggled to find inspiration. Whether it’s writing a UK essay or sat in front of the first blank page of what will become your new novel, it can completely deter you from writing. Here are 10 sources of inspiration for creative writing.

1. Love What You Do

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    We enjoy what we’re good at and we’re good at what we enjoy. If you don’t love writing, there’s no reason you’ll ever create something worthy of reading. The top British essays were concocted by writers who loved their subjects. Love what you do and think about the joy it brings you.

    Be confident in yourself as a writer and you’ll soon find yourself picking pieces of inspiration from the most mundane parts of life.

    2. Read!

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      There’s no substitute for reading. Whilst fewer people read in the 21st century world of technology, it’s still essential. Films, short videos, and the spoken word are no substitute for looking at an author’s work in the flesh.

      Just from looking at the way an author writes, you can come up with twists on their work and gradually transition into an entirely new creation.

      3. Communicate with the Creative

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        Collaboration can replenish your creative well. When you’ve run out of ideas, talk to someone who’s just as enthusiastic as you. They have different views and perspectives. Listen to how they look at a specific subject. Try to view something from as many different angles as possible. It’s why people opt for writing services as it gives them access to the approaches of another writer.

        4. Nature

        Nature

          If you’re like most writers, you spend most of your time in urban areas. Leave your current surroundings and go into the countryside. Taking a look at the simple things in life adds to our creative processes. Beautiful landscapes are an old inspirational favourite, but go further. Watch the insects crawling along plants and listen to the birds. The sights, sounds, and smells of nature are a powerful source of inspiration.

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          5. Try Something New

          Challenging ideas is the way to evolve and create new ideas.

            Experience is our greatest teacher. Trying something new gives us a new experience. In creative writing, most writers infuse little pieces of personal experience into their work. Although there’s the occasional writer who can sit in a room and come up with an engaging and thought provoking world, most of us must use what we have experienced, during editing or proofreading works, writer can add his experience in order to describe all feeling and emotions of the moment.

            It doesn’t have to be any sort of extreme sport. Find something you’ve never done before and give it a spin.

            6. Think Backwards

            The best thing about memories is making them.

              Think back to your earliest memories. They are filled with the rawest emotions in your mind. By replaying these emotions again you’re better able to apply them to your work. The best essays gain such positive feedback because writers can make readers think. And readers think due to the writing’s ability to touch their emotions.

              You might find this process very cathartic, or even traumatic, but it’s all for the good of your work.

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              7. Spend Time with Children

              Children

                Children have an entirely different mindset. It’s something we can’t go back to, even if we try. Some would say they have the purest minds of us all. Spend some time with a young relative and observe them. Watch how they approach the adult world and gain some inspiration from the way they interact with people and objects. It might even cause some of your long-lost childhood memories to come flooding back.

                8. Listen to Music

                music is the strongest form of magic

                  Too often we have a speaker shoved in our ears whilst we go about our daily business. It’s rare that we take the time to indulge in the tones and the notes of the music. Music is a powerful trigger in the mind. Whenever we listen to a track from our childhood, the memories associated with the music return as if it all happened yesterday.

                  Try to listen to different genres of music. Every type of track has something to offer you, even if you don’t really like what you’re listening to.

                  It’s exactly why films constantly opt for music tracks throughout crucial scenes. This evokes additional feeling and somehow helps us to sympathise with the character on-screen.

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                  9. Stranger Talk

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                    The creative writer is a magnet for experience. The more experiences they take in the more colourful their work becomes. Whilst our friends are always useful for a chat, they don’t always provide something fresh we can use. If your close friends have become stale (creatively speaking), try talking to a stranger. You can gain new perspectives and information about experiences you never knew existed.

                    Sign up for an online chat room and begin meeting people. If you prefer to speak to others in person, join a club or community group in your local area.

                    10. Be Creative Elsewhere

                    There’s no single part of the brain singularly dedicated to the art of creative writing. Our creative bank vaults are filled with ability to apply our skills to anything in a similar field. A great writer could easily become a great chef, if they put their minds to it.

                    Try something different. Drawing, painting, cooking, landscape gardening, and flower arranging are just some of the things which can offer that next creative spark.

                    As you can see, you don’t have to live an extraordinary life to find sources of inspiration. They are all around us. By just making a few changes to our lives, we can continue to create fresh and invigorating pieces of work. Just like any muscle, the creative mind needs regular nourishment and exercise. Keep searching for inspiration and your work will continually get better.

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                    No!

                    It’s a simple fact that you can never be productive if you take on too many commitments — you simply spread yourself too thin and will not be able to get anything done, at least not well or on time.

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                    But requests for your time are coming in all the time — through phone, email, IM or in person. To stay productive, and minimize stress, you have to learn the Gentle Art of Saying No — an art that many people have problems with.

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                    What’s so hard about saying no? Well, to start with, it can hurt, anger or disappoint the person you’re saying “no” to, and that’s not usually a fun task. Second, if you hope to work with that person in the future, you’ll want to continue to have a good relationship with that person, and saying “no” in the wrong way can jeopardize that.

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                    But it doesn’t have to be difficult or hard on your relationship. Here are the Top 10 tips for learning the Gentle Art of Saying No:

                    1. Value your time. Know your commitments, and how valuable your precious time is. Then, when someone asks you to dedicate some of your time to a new commitment, you’ll know that you simply cannot do it. And tell them that: “I just can’t right now … my plate is overloaded as it is.”
                    2. Know your priorities. Even if you do have some extra time (which for many of us is rare), is this new commitment really the way you want to spend that time? For myself, I know that more commitments means less time with my wife and kids, who are more important to me than anything.
                    3. Practice saying no. Practice makes perfect. Saying “no” as often as you can is a great way to get better at it and more comfortable with saying the word. And sometimes, repeating the word is the only way to get a message through to extremely persistent people. When they keep insisting, just keep saying no. Eventually, they’ll get the message.
                    4. Don’t apologize. A common way to start out is “I’m sorry but …” as people think that it sounds more polite. While politeness is important, apologizing just makes it sound weaker. You need to be firm, and unapologetic about guarding your time.
                    5. Stop being nice. Again, it’s important to be polite, but being nice by saying yes all the time only hurts you. When you make it easy for people to grab your time (or money), they will continue to do it. But if you erect a wall, they will look for easier targets. Show them that your time is well guarded by being firm and turning down as many requests (that are not on your top priority list) as possible.
                    6. Say no to your boss. Sometimes we feel that we have to say yes to our boss — they’re our boss, right? And if we say “no” then we look like we can’t handle the work — at least, that’s the common reasoning. But in fact, it’s the opposite — explain to your boss that by taking on too many commitments, you are weakening your productivity and jeopardizing your existing commitments. If your boss insists that you take on the project, go over your project or task list and ask him/her to re-prioritize, explaining that there’s only so much you can take on at one time.
                    7. Pre-empting. It’s often much easier to pre-empt requests than to say “no” to them after the request has been made. If you know that requests are likely to be made, perhaps in a meeting, just say to everyone as soon as you come into the meeting, “Look guys, just to let you know, my week is booked full with some urgent projects and I won’t be able to take on any new requests.”
                    8. Get back to you. Instead of providing an answer then and there, it’s often better to tell the person you’ll give their request some thought and get back to them. This will allow you to give it some consideration, and check your commitments and priorities. Then, if you can’t take on the request, simply tell them: “After giving this some thought, and checking my commitments, I won’t be able to accommodate the request at this time.” At least you gave it some consideration.
                    9. Maybe later. If this is an option that you’d like to keep open, instead of just shutting the door on the person, it’s often better to just say, “This sounds like an interesting opportunity, but I just don’t have the time at the moment. Perhaps you could check back with me in [give a time frame].” Next time, when they check back with you, you might have some free time on your hands.
                    10. It’s not you, it’s me. This classic dating rejection can work in other situations. Don’t be insincere about it, though. Often the person or project is a good one, but it’s just not right for you, at least not at this time. Simply say so — you can compliment the idea, the project, the person, the organization … but say that it’s not the right fit, or it’s not what you’re looking for at this time. Only say this if it’s true — people can sense insincerity.

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