Saturday, February 2, 2013

How to find inspiration for your writing

A good writer's worst and scariest nightmares is running out of thoughts or ideas. I have been part of this traumatic nightmare, like many others. You sit down, at 8 AM, with your table clean, your morning coffee, and motivation throughout your whole body. You get ready for the inspiration to come while you stare at this scary white blank page with the clock ticking. You spin in your chair, trying to access your thoughts, and the hours go by. You get distracted and do something else. You realize it's now 6 PM, and you have to go to school tomorrow. A whole day wasted, and you haven't written anything. You cry in frustration. What have I done wrong!? Well, my friend, don't cry no more, because Sam is here to help. As a common victim of this horrific situation, I have learnt to seek, and very well, my thoughts and inspiration. I have learned to access my brain and thoughts, with almost nothing.
First step. READ READ READ READ. Read writers that you love, and steal from them, analyze their writing, get inspired by their greatness. Music also really helps me. It can be inspiring to download and play great music, from Mozart to Beethoven to the Beatles to Radiohead. Play it in the background as you write, and allow it to lift you up and move you. Like music, quotes can make you think deeply about a lot of stuff, that you wouldn't be able to think about from scratch. Try out this website for really interesting quotes

It can be unexpected, but great people in history can inspire you to greatness. My favorites include Nikola Tesla, Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, Richard Feynman, Leonardo da Vinci, and other greats. It can be tricky for some, and maybe some of you may not want to read this part, but Religion, is very inspiring to me. I find it interesting and inspiring to read about new cultures and religions like Buddhism, Taoism, and others with various nature gods. Probably, one of the most crucial parts to being a writer is also keeping a journal. Keeping a journal with you to everywhere you go is very important, for if you have a a really good thought then you can go back and use it in your parts of writing. And last, but definitely no least, go people watching. It's an interesting activity for any writer. Go to a busy public place and just sit and watch people. They will amuse you, inspire you, and fascinate you. There is nothing more inspiring and interesting than humanity. 

Hope I helped you at least a little,


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