Some people have a thousand ideas and inspiration every day, every moment of the day. However, they don’t know if these ideas are good enough to become a full-length book. A book is VERY big. You’ll only be able to finish it if you write about the right topics.
What do you mean? Can’t I write about anything?
Yes, you can. However, it has to be about the topic that you love most in your entire life. I explain it better in this article here. It has to be a topic that you are able to talk about all day long without ever getting tired of it.
How do you find this theme? The article also explains about it but you can use the techniques that I’m going to show you here in this article as well to find out.
So, how to get inspiration to write? Where do writers get ideas and inspiration?
Writers are observers of the world.
They pay attention to things around them.
At the same time that they are living in the stories in their heads, they are fully in the present. Or, at least, they should be. Writers watch the way people talk, pay attention to their quirks. They watch the way leaves move, the sounds around them, and how certain smells make them feel. When they are feeling sad, they try to understand it so they can put this emotion in the paper.
So, how can you start doing that as well? How to get inspiration to write?
I’m going to teach a method of getting inspiration from ANYWHERE.
Ready? You have to follow the next steps to learn how to get inspiration to write:
1- Carry a notebook with you. Always. Or use the notes on your phone.
Writers are addicted to notebooks, right? We always carry with us a way to write small notes about things we noticed around us. Smells, sounds, feelings. Make it become a habit.
We live in our heads most of the time. When we are driving, we are thinking about work ahead, about the shopping list, or how the weekend will be. When we are at work, our minds wander off to random thoughts.
You are going to interrupt that. Try to see and hear what is around you all the time, even in my familiar spaces, like your bedroom. Catch the routine details. The way you spin the spun in a coffee mug, the sounds it makes. The way you feel when you get a bad grade or a bad report at work.
Observe people. Even familiar people. Your boss, if he has a mustache, what his eyes are like, does he have a grand-daughter he really loves? What does he like to do? Go fishing? Hunting? Or maybe crochet.
You are going to realize that people are really complex. And that’s how you write a good character. This is my personal method of creating complex characters: you base them on real people. You see, your mom is complex. She might love baking, however, she has a childhood trauma from her parents, she loves dogs, she is very frustrated about her hay fever, and she hates doing her hair but she does even so because of the way she was brought up. She believes that she must be well-behaved, at the same time she is fierce, furious, and truly the boss of your home.
When you are not a writer, she is just another person. When you are a writer, you start paying attention to every detail.