- Blogs. I like to read what people of the writing community have to say. Whether it be editors, publishers, popular fiction writers or newbies starting out, there are a lot of excellent tips and tricks that inspire and encourage.
- Websites. Explore the sites of different authors and be encouraged about where they began and how far they have come. Again, there are many with great advice to share.
- Books. Reading the works of my favourite genre (historical fiction) sometimes triggers an inspiration of where I can take my ideas. On the other hand, reading something totally out of my usual “go to” category can trigger a whole new process.
- News. There’s a lot going on in the world and whether it’s a front page headline or feel good humanities story in a community paper, there are ideas just waiting to be explored.
- Observation. I can learn a lot from people watching and taking notes on their physical appearance, how they sit or stand, movements, the sound of their voice, mannerisms, habits. Sometimes I hear an interesting voice that catches my ear and I’ll listen to them engaged in a conversation – not to eavesdrop but to listen to their accent, jargon, expressions or pick up interesting things people say. People can be wise, inspirational, or just down right funny.
- Travelling. There is something special about every place I go. Each one has a history, a story, a unique feature, custom, or characters that can provide inspiration.
- Nature. This is a great resource for inspiration. Walking a trail or staring over a body of water helps to clear my mind of clutter. When absorbed in the beauty of nature, my senses are at their peak and I’m better able to express descriptions.
- People in History. There are many amazing people who can encourage and inspire. A few of my favourites include Helen Keller, Mother Theresa, Harriett Stowe, Rembrandt, and Jesus.
- Music. It’s common knowledge that the type of music we listen to affects our moods, so put on some upbeat, encouraging tunes, get your foot tapping and bring on the joy. Oh, are you working on a piece about a heartache? Well, there’s music for that as well.
- Journal. I like to keep a notebook (or my iphone) with me so I can jot down observations, ideas, emotions, or anything that comes to mind. You’d be surprised at how much material you have inside of you.
Wouldn't it be great if we could just sit around waiting for inspiration to suddenly come to us? Well, we can't. It just doesn't work that way. Inspiration is all around but we have to go looking for it. Let me share some of the ways I find inspiration.