Inspired As A Writer

Inspired As A Writer

By Steve Gamel
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No matter how much we love to write, writers often find themselves searching for the necessary inspiration to jump-start that next big project and/or stay motivated to finish it.

The good news is inspiration is not hard to find. It’s all around us. We just have to be willing to keep our hearts and minds open long enough to recognize it! Trust me, staring at a blank computer screen all day or forcing something onto the page is not the answer.

Below are 25 ways (in no particular order) to get out of that creative rut and stay inspired.

1. Change the time of day you write
2. Take breaks
3. Change scenery (coffee shop, home office, park)
4. Keep a journal of ideas
5. Read books/articles from favorite writers
6. Join a writing community
7. Mentor a young writer
8. Reward yourself
9. Get organized
10. Smile more (writing is fun, right?!)
11. Break larger goals into smaller pieces
12. Write about something different
13. Gain more experience
14. Listen to music
15. Don’t beat yourself up
16. Don’t take yourself too seriously
17. Have fun with/talk to your kids, friends, family
18. Eliminate distractions
19. Exercise
20. Use a calendar and set time limits for projects
21. Remind yourself of your goals
22. Track your progress
23. Read motivational writing quotes, funny memes
24. Interview other writers about what inspires them
25. Write your own list of what inspires you

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