Finding Inspiration

Finding inspiration for a book is hard.

But think of it this way. Books that are written start off as a seed that naturally will grow to become something big and something great. Just wait and you will see.

There is the first little idea that you have when writing that stems out into this full-on story. It can start with the idea of a character, or characters, or it can be a simple idea such as (example) an apocalyptic world where civilization died off in the year 3054. Or it can start with the first words that the book will have, or a conversation between characters. Either way, writers find inspiration somewhere, something that kicks them into full-on writing mode.


Some writers get their inspiration visually. You could go on Deviantart or just cruise the internet until you see a certain picture and, boom, you have a story that branches out into so much more. Some writers might get inspiration from their everyday lives, something that they do everyday or on most days and it just clicks, becoming the perfect idea. Other writers get ideas from other books, a certain sentence of quote that just gives them the little light bulb above their head! Another kind of way of finding inspiration is writing fanfiction.

Like, for example, Fifty Shades of Grey started as a Twilight fanfiction. Now it is a #1 New York Times Bestseller.

Inspiration comes in all kinds of ways and forms. You just have to find your groove and wait until that big idea comes to you, whether it be from an ordinary walk in the park, or something very, very exciting. The inspiration for your story might come today, next week, or next year, but one day that big vision will slam into you, jam itself into your head, and you won’t know what hit you.

What inspires you? Ask yourself this question and wait for the answer.

Either way, finding inspiration for your story is important. How else can you start a story? How do you get ideas for your story. What’s your inspiration? Is it visually? Is it in your everyday life? Did it start as something else?

But sometimes you do not find inspiration. Sometimes you just have to start writing and see what comes to you. Allow your mind to open up and your crazy imagination to take over (trust me, it’s there.) Let your mind that is blank with ideas be filled with all sorts of wild images and absurd ideas.

And then, when the time comes, find your inspiration and start writing.


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