I’ve often wondered what the best way to gain inspiration is. However, I’ve recently come to realise that inspiration comes from everything and anything. Recently, I’ve been inspired by rain on my window, a noise I heard on the street, my pets, and countless different books and TV programmes.
Everything is inspirational, in fact I believe even a plain cardboard box can be if you allow it to be. Anything can be a symbol of something else. A rose is a symbol of love and pain at the same time, depending on your viewpoint.
Of course, experience helps, travelling is probably my favourite way to be inspired; there’s nothing like a wholly different area, lifestyle, and set of traditions to inspire your ‘inner writer’. It allows you to see the world in a new light and to judge things differently; just like you do when you write from a new character’s perspective, the world appears altered.
So when you’re stuck for inspiration and suffering from writer’s block, don’t look for grand story lines and well rounded characters. All you have to do is look outside your window for something that makes you think. Maybe it’ll be a bird, or an old woman, a car driving too fast, or your own reflection. Let me know what you see.
Good luck and keep writing. Thank you for reading.