“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” –Jack London
- Create a routine. The more frequently and consistently you write, the easier it becomes to build momentum. In E.B. White’s words, “A writer who waits for perfect conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper.” ‘Nuff said.
- Freewrite. If the blank page is daunting, fill it up. Many writers practice freewriting, a prewriting warm-up to get the brain in gear. It’s helpful in combatting writer’s block, but can be useful in starting any creative project.
- Step away from the page. Take a walk, get some fresh air, and find beauty in nature. Leaving the writing desk can recharge your batteries, and will help you bring a refreshed perspective when you return to your work.
- Read, read, read. To output great material, you need to consume great material. Read the cream of the crop (not just in your chosen genre), research your topics passionately, and keep your brain fertilized with high-quality content from other writers.
- Learn from other writers. Everyone has different tricks and techniques for getting inspired. Connect with other writers to find encouragement and motivation.
- Try new things. Henry David Thoreau said before we sit down to write, we must stand up to live. Nothing is more exhilarating and inspiring than a new experience, so push your comfort limits. And take a notepad, in case inspiration strikes mid-adventure!
Remember, the best way to get inspired to write… is just to write. Sit down and get started; your muse will meet you along the way!