Inspiration – what to write about?

April 10, 2014 at 10:22 am | Posted in Experiences, Writing, Writing and Life | 3 Comments
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What should I write about? How should I write it? It could be a blog entry or a short story or a poem they’d like to write. Some writers cannot easily bring ideas to mind, whilst others have no problems finding inspiration.

I went to a Writers’ Festival last weekend and attended a “Conversation” with a well-known Australian author. Kate Forsyth has a number of books already published, with four more coming out this year and another four next year. When asked if she ever gets writers block, she said, “Never”. She has more ideas than she can possibly write about.

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However every writer isn’t so inspired, so where does one go to find ideas? There are many sources, and some of them are right next to you. Here are some places to go:

  • Incidents you have seen or heard aboutwritingprompts2
  • Newspaper stories
  • Pictures
  • Family members and their foibles
  • Your own life experiences
  • Historical events, family history
  • Reading other people’s writing
  • Writing prompts in books or on websites
  • People you see on the street and elsewhere
  • Nature
  • Emotions
  • Other people’s lives
  • Writing competitions.

Things I can write about

There are so many sources of inspiration for writing topics that, if you cannot come up with something, then you must have a problem that is preventing you from seeing them.

I use all of those sources that I have listed, and I have probably forgotten others too.

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Here is an acrostic poem that I wrote back in 2005:

INSPIRATION

I wonder whence ideas come?

Not always when expected –

Sometimes when you’re feeling great, and

Particularly connected.

I’ve also found, at certain times,

Rational thought in not important;

Amazingly, ideas come

To minds that seem quite mordant!

In point of fact it’s oft asserted, and

Observation does support it, that

Nine out of ten ideas come – when sitting on the toilet!

 

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Do you have difficulty in coming up with ideas for writing? Where do you go to find them?

 

(c) Linda Visman  10.04.2014   (334 words)

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