Inspiration is a necessity for writing. If you are not inspired, you will not write. Inspiration doesn’t have to be a great idea or something that will change the world. In fact, inspiration can come in all forms and methods. Let’s take a look at some of the different types of inspiration:
Fame: Fame is a huge part of why many people write. Everyone wants to be remembered both when they are gone and in the present. If fame brings with it fortune, so much the better. Fame can be something that is quite inspiring.
Other’s writing: I am inspired by good writing. It inspires me to try to create something beautiful and amazing. One of my favorite authors to read for inspiration is Cornelia Funke. I also love the writing in The Night Circus. These are very inspirational to me. I also enjoy reading authors that write outside the box, like the author of House of Leaves.
I can do better: When you see something terrible that someone else has done, it can be equally inspiring as something awesome. I’m sure the Twilight franchise inspired thousands of other writers to get what they have to say out there. An idea doesn’t always have to be spectacular to be inspirational.
Assignments: You know what inspires me to write sometimes? Deadlines and assignments. I am often surprised at what I can write for work when I have an assignment. I’ve written on so many topics that I never would have thought of on my own- and enjoyed doing it.
Cool ideas: One of the things that I like about writing is that you can imagine anything you want to happen. If you want to wonder about what would happen if cows took over the world, you could write about it. If you wonder what it is like to colonize another planet, you can write about that too. I’ve often thought about writing a story where the prospective jumps from person to person as they live their lives. This story idea was inspired by my wondering what it would be like to be a person that I saw at the mall or walking along the side of the road.
Senses: Your senses can also inspire you. A smell, sight, or feeling can be more inspraitional than anything else. Every time I see a picture of a German forest, for example, I want to write a fairy tale. This quote by Winston Churchill is also inspiring to me.
What inspires you to write?