We all derive inspiration from different things in life. Some find inspiration in imagery, for others it’s scents or sounds or interesting places. For many of us, it’s all of the above in various shapes and forms and depending on the mood we are in.
Here, we highlight several unique things you can do in times when you have hit the wall and need to find inspiration. Sometimes looking in the most unlikely of places will drum up surprisingly great ideas.
Utilize a thesaurus. Sometimes a bit of wordplay can be helpful. Use an online thesaurus to look up the topic about which you are writing or brainstorming. Many words will appear that might help you take a different view on your topic, or think of it in a slightly different way.
Call a lifeline. While that’s a reference to the show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, seriously, call a creative friend and ask them for ideas. Or post the request to your friends on social media. Friends love giving advice and will inevitably love generating some ideas for you.
Because it’s not their job to come up with these ideas, the process may come a little easier for them as it will feel less forced. Remember what it’s like to feel uninhibited in your idea generation by observing them.
Go to a really good grocery store. Gourmet grocery stores can sometimes be a real source of inspiration, with amazing stimuli, imagery, and scents. Beautiful candles, cards, and interesting and original foods can trigger the senses in a way that hits the refresh button on your mind.
Read a magazine that focuses on your topic of choice. This may seem like cheating (but it’s not!!), which is why we’d call it an unlikely place to seek inspiration. Are you a travel writer? Pick up the latest version of Travel & Leisure or Conde Nast. Imagery in these magazines can evoke ideas, as can the articles themselves.
It’s okay to write on a subject that someone else has written on. Just make sure to take your own spin on the subject, and obviously make sure that the post is entirely in your own words. Alternately, visit their websites, where articles and imagery also abound.
Visit the section of a bookstore that focuses on your topic. Peruse books and book titles to derive inspiration on your topic of choice. Sometimes even a clever book title or book cover will inspire.
Go to the beach. Sometimes just taking a walk and clearing your head is the best way to feel inspired. Think about something else for a little while.
There are many places from which we can find inspiration in life. Here, we’ve shared just a few. If all else fails and your inspiration has run dry, try to just get out of your head for a little while. Take a walk, call your mother, go grocery shopping.
Just get away from it all for a minute. You might find inspiration in the most seemingly random of places.