Today we’re continuing an informative new series called Writing Tip Wednesdays. We’ll be taking a look at different aspects of book writing, as well as answering frequent writing questions I’ve been asked. Come back each Wednesday at 6 pm for another brief, helpful post.
Sometimes finding inspiration for your book is easy. Sometimes it’s like pulling teeth while standing on hot coals. When the latter happens, you may wonder how you can find inspiration for your next book.
Last week we discussed five ways to find inspiration for your next book in the first part of our three-part series. Today we’ll be looking at five more ways you can find inspiration.
1. Fall Down the Google Hole
Type anything that comes to your mind in Google. Start reading articles and watching videos on that subject. That media should take you to new media. Before you know it, you’re on an entirely different matter than you started on. This is a great way to discover new things that might trigger your imagination.
2. Go Camping
Getting outside for the weekend is a great way to give your brain a reset. The fresh air, sunshine, and disconnection from the modern world are great for your mental health. Not only will it help your imagination and productivity, but it can also battle symptoms of depression.
3. Talk to Someone at Least 30 Years Older
Someone who is at least three decades older than you will have an entirely different outlook on life. Like talking with a young child, speaking to an elder can help offer you a different view on things. As a bonus, it’s always nice to have a long conversation with someone.
4. Clean and Organize Your Home
Cleaning your home can help your imagination in two different ways. First, it’ll get rid of any physical clutter. The mind works better in an uncluttered environment, even if you haven’t realized it yet. Second, it’ll let you focus on a different task for a while. Sometimes all your brain needs is a break so it can get creative again.
5. Anything-Goes 5-Minute Brainstorm Session
Sit down with a notebook and a pen. Set the timer for five minutes and write down any general story idea that pops into your head. It doesn’t have to be good. You can go through the list after the timer is done and see if anything is worth keeping. This exercise gets your mind in the right state to create ideas.
Do You Have More Questions?
Do you have more questions about finding inspiration for your next book?
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