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: