Every best-selling author, every novelist and short story writer grapples with inspiration at some point. Fortunately, writing prompts can come from anywhere at any time – so be ready!
In my previous blog, I recommended you take notes whenever, wherever. That's my starting point here.
1. Watch real life. Closely! Listen to conversations. Take notes. Look at how people sit or walk. What's the story behind what you're observing? Why are they carrying that? Why do they look frustrated?
2. Think about your experiences. We write best about what we know. Use your memories for inspiration: good, bad. Your emotions. New experiences. That holiday – the smells, sounds and sights.
3. Write the story in your head that needs telling. You know what it is. It comes from your gut. It speaks of that betrayal, love, obsession or profound loss. It radiates the joy of a deep experience, or talks about a reunion that changed everything. Write to tell the story, so others can live it. Just write.
Closing thoughts. Listen to music and lyrics; read poetry; watch the news; travel; go to the theatre or a gallery. And take your notebook or note-taking app wherever you go!
Happy writing! JRx
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Joshua Raven, novelist. Read about my writing and my life here. And have you discovered 5fingers yet?