Where To Find Writing Inspiration


I thought it would be good to highlight some tried and tested ways for writers to find story inspiration.

Some you may have tried, while others may be new to you. There’s no magic formula when it comes to igniting that creative spark, but some of these may help you on your way.

Keep a diary

Some people are put off from writing in a diary every day, with the risk of it becoming formulaic.

You can treat a diary more of an ideas box, though, and simply write when something stirs your imagination. Don’t feel guilty about daydreaming — think of it as filling that box with new ideas.

Listen to the world

Whether it’s listening to bird song or people’s conversations, sounds and words can resonate and make it on to the pages of a story.

If it’s nature, it could prove the backdrop to your characters’ locations; a piece of conversation you hear on a bus journey could be reproduced through character dialogue.

Books and movies

We all have favourite authors and genres to read. It could be a classic black and white film or a small independent production, but a favourite movie can stay in the imagination long after the credits roll.

Maybe you can write something similar. If zombies can make it into “Pride And Prejudice”, anything is possible.

Join a writing group

Writing groups are a great source of feedback and inspiration.

Whatever stage your writing is at, it’s a great opportunity to share your thoughts and story ideas with like-minded people.

Try something new

For instance, a new genre, hobby or place to visit. New experiences often make for engaging surprises.

Self-doubt is the curse of the writer.

Does writing a historical story make you apprehensive? Then place your modern-day characters in bygone eras.

A strong character will shine regardless of the period setting.

Simply write

It could be a shopping list, or names of family and friends.

Gradually other words will form around your original list, and more after that.

It doesn’t matter if your finished story takes twists and turns along the way. Let your imagination be your guide — not the words you think you should write.

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Alan Spink

Alan is a member of the “Friend” Fiction Team. He enjoys working closely with writers and being part of the creative process which sees storytelling ideas come to fruition. A keen reader, he also writes fiction and enjoys watching football and movies in his spare time. His one aspiring tip to new writers is to “write from your imagination”.