Being a writer is a great excuse to eavesdrop, scavenge for found pieces of conversation, and generally be nosy. You don’t have to go out of your way to do this. You can be passing people on the street and hear a snippet of conversation, which out of context sounds intriguing.
I find inspiration in the strangest of places – in the reflection of a shop window or people waiting for a bus. A hushed phone call in a coffee shop.
Here are some of my favourite ways to find inspiration:
- Going for a walk. It’s always when I don’t have a pen or paper on me and I’m out for a walk that first lines and story ideas occur to me.
- Go out for coffee and observe people. Coffee shops are popular writer fodder. Plus, they’re great places to cosy up and write, with a constant supply of coffee!
- Cities, streets, and train stations. It’s these kind of places where if you keep your eyes peeled, you’re bound to see something unusual, something that might spark a story. So take out your headphones and look up from the ground.
- Listen to new music, read a new book, or watch a new TV show (sometimes not trying to write is the best way of finding inspiration).
- It goes without saying that the beach and coast really inspires me.
- Scrolling through Pinterest, Tumblr, Twitter, or the News – can waste a lot of time, but also can spark new ideas. Jot all those ideas down and look through them from time to time.
Collect, collect, collect. Keep a record of your thoughts and ramblings – you never know where your next idea might come from!
What are your favourite ways to find inspiration? Share in the comments!
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