5 Ways to Cultivate Writing Inspiration

Here are five good and almost foolproof ways to cultivate your writing inspiration. Inspiration goes hand in hand with motivation — they take a lot of work to summon and often disappear easily without so much as a gentle farewell. That’s why it’s important to consistently use your right brain to renew both of these sources as much as possible.

Use your right side of the brain to choose the right time to find out which time of day you’re naturally more energized and in tune with your creative output. Is this time late at night? Or perhaps, early in the morning, before you’ve done anything else. Ask yourself which time of day works best for you, and which time of day gives you the most amount of inspiration and energy to write creatively and efficiently. This time could be anytime.

This time could be right after your morning run or during your sons afternoon basketball practice. If there is a set time in which you feel inspiration comes to you without any difficulty, use that to your advantage and write right there and then.

Secondly, use a clean, tidy space for your writing. Of course, it doesn’t have to be a million dollar custom-designed studio with a beautiful mountain view. The only thing that matters in this designated writing spot is your comfort. Your levels of comfort and happiness should be relatively high. This space should also match your personality as much as possible. If this area just happens to be a corner of the table in the living-room, or perhaps on your bed in your shared dorm room, this spot has to make you feel free and honest to be who you are. If you’re looking for ideas to create an inspiring space, check out this post.

This way, the writing doesn’t reflect something you didn’t necessarily want to bring out to view. It is good to make sure that the place you’ve chosen to write the majority of your work is one hundred percent devoid of any negative and unpleasant memories or experiences.

Thirdly, tell people you know! Tell your family members, and tell your close friends about what you’re doing and why you’re doing it. Perhaps you want to be a mystery writer — this doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be so mysterious about it. If this is an unusual thing for yourself, and it’s a bit personal, you might feel a bit shy about relaying this information to your family. Put simply; it could make you feel exposed or even vulnerable to an extent.

Perhaps, you might think that sharing this information with your family will set up some crazy expectation that you have to fulfill — as if you’re attempting to write the script for a blockbuster movie or Barnes and Noble best seller. However, it is important to tell the people close to what you are doing and why. People can be surprisingly compassionate. Who knows what could happen? Any support you get would be a blessing. Writing is an act of solitude, and a little help along the way never hurts.

After you’ve chosen a time and place, always try to do your writing there and then every time you write. By returning to that same area with the same smells, view, and general atmosphere, you unknowingly give yourself emotional and partial prompts to begin writing. We are creatures of habit. Your mind will begin to realize, ‘Oh, look! I’m here again in my favorite chair by the window! It must be time to write!’ And thus, less time is wasted.

Give yourself a daily quota that you must fulfill, or else. Even set yourself a word count. As you check your calendar day in and day out, you’ll start to realize that you’ve given yourself a solid chunk of time, designated for writing and for writing only. Whether it’s twenty minutes or two hours, this is a chunk of time that is meant for you to put in a good amount of work with no distractions or ailments. This is an excellent way to cultivate writing motivation.

And, in case you’re still not sure about yourself as a writer:

 

How Much Can You Get Paid for Freelance Writing?

This is the question on every freelance writer’s mind. How much can I get paid as a freelance writer?

The answer really depends on you. What do you think you are worth? What do you want to get paid? I know it sounds like I’m making this too simple but that’s really all there is to it. The beauty of running your own business is that you DO get to decide on your prices.

If you read the forums you might think that there is not a market for high paid freelance writers and that you have to charge pennies per word in order to get work. That’s simply not true. But you have to work your way up right? Well, to some extent. But not to the extent that some would have you believe.

There are several ways that you can get paid decent money (and remember, your perception of ”decent money” is up to you) from the very beginning.

Perception

One of the things that will determine how much you get paid is perception. Both your own and others’ perception of you. If you perceive yourself as a highly paid writer, you can be that. Then you just have to make other people perceive you as a highly paid writer.

Ask

Another thing that will determine how much you get paid is how much you ask for. If you don’t ask for the rates you want, you won’t get them. It’s as simple as that. Don’t let the client choose the price. You choose the price. You’re the service provider!

Over the next few weeks, one of the things I’m going to come back to often is the price you charge. We’ll talk about how to present yourself in the right light so that clients will believe that you are worth the money you are asking. Meanwhile, think about it. What do you want to be paid?