If you are waiting for the inspiration to write during these difficult times, it might never come. Professional writers get up every day and write. They create their own inspiration, by sitting at a computer and seeing what happens. It may be that as a writer, you need to force the writing more than ever during these times.
Much of my inspiration for writing comes from my everyday life. Things I have seen whilst out working. Phrases and questions the young people I teach have asked me. Where now does this inspiration come from? I have written a few articles on COVID-19, but I don’t want to write only about it. I’m trying to get out of the depression, not stay in it writing about it.
As writers, where can we now get our inspiration from when our world consists of the same four walls every day.
Five ways to inspire ideas for writing.
Write your here and now in isolation.
Even though we are in the same house with the same people, there is inspiration where ever you look. These are unique times and people for generations to come, will want to hear about what happened and how everyday families survived. Write about the boredom, write about a lack of inspiration. You could even write about cooking with limited supplies. For years to come these articles will be a valuable resource of information. Some people may not want to read the articles now, but future generations will.
Peruse that draft folder.
If you are anything like me you will have a draft folder overflowing with ideas. Now is a good time to write some of those articles you have been resisting until now. Are there articles that you haven’t got round to writing because the research was too extensive? You have the time now to do that research and make the article the best it could be.
The daily news will not provide you with many story ideas, but popular drama can. Whilst watching television have a notepad beside you. If a character is going through an event you have, then why not give your readers your spin on things. Use television to give you ideas for articles you could write.
Find unusual aspects of popular articles
Read the articles of other writers and put your spin on things. Don’t copy, but can you spin things differently. Instead of writing about the negative aspects of isolation, can you write about the five positive sides? Have you written posts in the past which you can change, adapt and add to create a fresh article.
Use prompts and hints
There are several magazines and publications that use writing prompts to help writers. A quick google search will provide you with a list of them. Subscribe to a few of these and have a look through to see if any spark inspiration. A pro tip that I use is to use a separate email address for this. So my main inbox isn’t full of writing prompts, I send these all to a dedicated email. Then when I need inspiration I can peruse through them.
“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”— Louis L’Amour
If you are still struggling to write you might need to force the issue. The time has come to sit at that computer and start your inspiration flowing. Use some of these tips or all of them to help you. Have you found anything that works to start your inspiration in isolation?