Finding Inspiration For Your Writing

Ideas Can Come From Anywhere

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“A writer should have the precision of a poet and the imagination of a scientist.”Vladimir Nabokov

You can find inspiration for your writing in many different places. I was at a Rob Thomas (lead singer of Matchbox Twenty) concert last week and I pretty much know all the words to his songs. I’ve been listening to his albums forever.

The longer the concert went on, the more I realized what an amazing writer he is. His lyrics make you feel something. He’s not just a talented musician. He’s a songwriter. Emphasis on the word writer.

That’s how I approach my novel when I’m writing. I want people to react to what I write, to feel the emotion of the characters. That’s the epitome of a great writer.

Where Can You Find Ideas For Writing?

Airports. Think about it. Where else can you find such a wide variety of “characters” from all walks of life? It’s such an incredible place to people watch and come up with ideas for character traits to place in your novel.

Coffee Shops. They’re great because it’s where people go to get work done. In any Starbucks, you’ll see people working on their laptops. Regardless of what they’re doing, this should be a good motivator for you to be more efficient while you’re there and to continue writing. Let’s not forget the non-stop coffee will keep you wide awake until your next cup.

At Home. Your house is typically a beacon of comfort. A place where you can relax and unwind. You can settle in to your couch and just write. I write at home more than anywhere else. That is not my house pictured below. I wish.

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The Gym. The reason this is a solid place for inspiration is simple. When you work out, your exercising not just to improve your body, but your mind as well. When you’re active, it increases your alertness, which should help you think more clearly.

The benefits of physical exercise, especially aerobic exercise, have positive effects on brain function on multiple fronts, ranging from the molecular to behavioral level.

According to a study done by the Department of Exercise Science at the University of Georgia, even briefly exercising for 20 minutes facilitates information processing and memory functions.

Your Friends and Family. Those closest to you can give you ideas without even being aware of it. Sometimes I hear stories from friends or family and think, “That sounds like it came from a movie.” Well if it can happen in a movie, it can happen in a book as well. You just have to keep your ears open for ideas.

Dreams. Dreams can be so vivid and I have some really crazy dreams. The inspiration for a thriller I’m writing actually came from a dream my wife had. If you can remember your dreams, you pull out ideas and use them to great effect. Even nightmares can be fodder for your next book.

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Keep an open mind on where to find inspiration and your writing ideas can practically come from anywhere.

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