17 Fun Ways to Gather Inspiration for Your Writing
Create a Pinterest board with inspirational images and quotes.
Color in a coloring book. (I’ve found that keeping my hands busy lets my mind wander and suddenly I’m overflowing with ideas.)
Go on a walk and stay alert to your senses. Turn off the reel of to-dos and stresses and let your mind wander.
Read a fiction or nonfiction book by an author you admire in whatever genre you’re wanting to write in. (Optional: take notes about what you like/don’t like and why.)
Engage your senses - make a cup of hot tea, light a candle, buy some flowers, get a fuzzy blanket or a fuzzy animal, taste something delicious. Notice, taste, observe, feel.
Watch a favorite movie or TV show, but take notes as you watch - what do you love about this movie? Why? How might you include similar characters/plot devices/etc… in your story?
Do absolutely nothing. No, don’t touch your phone. No, don’t talk to your dog. No, don’t get up and empty the dishwasher. Actually, really, truly, do nothing. It’s so hard. But so good for you.
People watch. Be creepy and eavesdrop and stare, but do it discreetly so no one calls the cops.
Go to a museum and look at art. Then look at the people looking at art.
Practice describing things you see while sitting in traffic (describe it your head, of course, or out loud if you are alone, but don’t write them down because that’s dangerous).
Have a good old fashioned brainstorm - no bad ideas, everything gets written down, no judgement of ideas until you’re all done.
Deprive yourself of one of your sense -- get ear plugs, or close your eyes -- and then pay attention to all your other senses.
Go somewhere you’ve never been.
Plan a writing adventure for yourself. Start at a coffee shop, then plan a hike or walk in nature or a drive to somewhere new. Wander through a new town, sip wine at a cafe and take notes. Write, observe, and drink it all in at each place you visit.
Read something new. If you usually read fiction, read poetry; if you like to read poems, try memoirs; if you mainly read non-fiction, pick up a novel.
Read a history book (or mythology, fairy tales, fables).
Have a conversation with a stranger.