She Writes. As life crowds in on my psyche, it can be difficult to come up with new subjects to write about. I have very little new to add to the “writing about writing” topics and it’s too easy to get tunnel vision with my own life and become stymied in identifying potential topics that anyone else might think interesting to read.
I often stare at the blank screen or at my notebooks making insensible gurgling noises, trying to come up with something… anything… to write. When I get stuck like this, I start to panic, thinking that perhaps my short and not very lucrative career in writing has come to an uncreative end. That's when I take a deep breath and try to regroup. I remember to feed the creativity and refer to a few of my go-to sources of inspiration.
Here are a few of my inspiration feeders when I’m feeling depleted:
- Life. Amazing how just living can provide ample fodder. Paying attention at doctor’s offices, grocery stores, town events, theater, can trigger ideas for me.
- People. I live in a great area full of artists, conservationists, dog trainers, park rangers, and so many other characters with unique interests. Tapping into one of them is an easy way to generate an article and practically have it write itself.
- Nature. I’m surrounded by inspiration in the form of mountains, lakes, and wildlife. This is one of my favorite ways to tune into my spiritual side.
- Articles. Sometimes I cruise online articles and blogs just to find a sentence or idea that tickles my brain. Often, even an off-subject comment will trigger an idea for me.
- Books. Writing styles can really inspire me. Sometimes the way a writer expresses herself, even over the simplest of topics, can trigger a desire to try to do the same. Imitation can be a great teacher.
How and where do you find inspiration? I'd love to read an exchange of ideas and add to my list.