Being a writer is kind of like being a marathon runner. There is always the concept of stamina involved. There is always the thought of how long can I keep doing this? Because as beautiful and fulfilling the art of writing is, there is always the danger of losing interest because of the challenges involved. True, you might feel great at first and you might have an overwhelming need to write, but this desire may be blunted in the long run. This is especially true for writers who are writing a new book. With the many challenges of writing a book, you will be surprised at how easy it is to lose your fervor. Which is why it is imperative that you find a way to stay inspired. By staying inspired throughout the writing process you will be able to fight through any obstacle and achieve your dreams as a writer. Here are some easy to follow tips on getting writing inspiration from day to day life.
- Keep an open mind
One of the worst things you can do as a writer is to close your mind to new thoughts and experiences. Being a writer your greatest weapon is your imagination, so it stands to reason that you should open your mind to new and exciting experiences. So you should have an open minded approach to daily life. Stay away from preconceived notions on all topics, and experience life to the fullest. You will be surprised at how much more easy it is to draw inspiration from day to day experiences.
- Draw inspiration from great authors
It is always good to have a role model in your life. This role model could come in the form of your parents, a friend or anyone you could think of. This also the same when it comes to writing. You should have an author that you could draw inspiration from and pattern your writing journey after. Of course you don’t have to religiously follow their writing philosophy, but it is always good to have someone you can look up to and try to emulate. That way, if you feel yourself losing interest you can read of your favorite author’s life and see how they overcame their challenges.
- Read as much as you can
One of the best ways you can enhance your love for the written word is to read extensively. By reading as much as you can you are not only opening yourself up to new ideas, you are also growing as a writer. It is also a good idea to be multifaceted in your reading material. Don’t restrict yourself to just one genre. Read up on other genres, whether it a poetry book, children’s book or a Christian book. Remember that the more you read, the more fulfilling and complete your writing journey will be.
- Share your work
There is nothing sadder than an author who won’t share his or her work. It would be akin to an artist that does not know whether his work is good or bad, because there is no one to share it to. So if you want to truly reach your writing potential and stay inspired as a writer then you should share your work as much as you can. That way you will know whether your work is good enough or it needs a little more improvement. There will be rejections along the way, and not everyone will like your work. That is part of the experience. What’s important is that you have the courage to take the hit and keep going forward. That is how you truly test your mettle as a writer.
Although it is always a good idea to look for solitude during the writing process, it can still get lonely in the long run. Which is why you should go out and travel once in a while. This will help get the cob webs out of your system and give you a whole new perspective on the world.
- Join a writing group
Writing can be a truly solitary activity, where you spend hours every day by yourself. And this type of work can be very lonely. Which is why it is a good idea to join a writing group. By joining a writing group, you can alleviate some of the loneliness that comes with writing and have a support group that understands the challenges you are facing.
All in all though, staying inspired as a writer depends on you. You can follow these tips but it all ultimately depends on how much you want to keep writing. So before you think of even think of taking up writing, you should know that writing is not a hobby. It is a lifestyle.