Although writing takes consistent practice and work, it doesn’t have to be a chore. When I find myself beginning to approach it like yet another to-do on my list for the day, I know it’s time to mix it up a little. Here are some of my main tips for finding fresh writing inspiration at any time.
Change your scenery.
If you normally write in your study, go sit in the garden with your laptop, or at a local coffee shop where you can also observe people for more character material, too.
Take a break.
A day off now and then is good for the soul and the body. Spend it outdoors, in nature, if you can. Us writers get so little sunshine sometimes, we could all do with an extra dose of sunshine and vitamin D.
Watch your words.
I like to say to myself “this is easy,” or “I can’t wait to write,” or even “I get to” rather than “I have to.” It’s amazing the difference in our attitude when we change our language around a situation.
Get out and socialize.
Have fun at a party or meet a friend for coffee. You can always write it off as research.
Mix up your day.
If you normally wear the same clothes, drive the same routes, and eat the same food, your brain goes on idle. Rev it up by doing something different or opposite to what you would normally do.
Create a character or story soundtrack.
You will have fun finding and picking the music and can then play it while writing for extra inspiration.
Engage your senses.
Burn some aromatherapy oils. I like orange and rosemary for brain stimulation and energy. Paint your study in some inspiring colors or choose some new artwork to put up. Get some soft fluffy cushions and textiles that you like.
Create a time out spot.
This can be as simple as a hammock in the garden or a corner of a room with comfy bean bag chair, books to read, arts and crafts materials, or whatever it is that you like there. When you’re feeling uninspired or burned out, go sit in your time out spot and chill until your mood lifts.
I have a whole book about staying productive full of great ideas like these. Although writing your masterpiece is a vocation and most writers love what they do, it can also sometimes feel like a bit of a drag. So, it helps to have a few tricks up your sleeve to reinspire yourself.
I hope you enjoyed some of these. If you aren’t having fun writing your character, what can you do to liven things up and enjoy the process more?