Dina is a caring inhabitant of planet Earth who introduces alternative ways of living through writing.
Writing is slowly becoming an outdated skill in the contemporary world characterized by the constant bustle of the rat race we’re all participating in. As a skill, writing takes time and patience, and as such contradicts the demands of the contemporary world.
Due to marginalization of writing, many people claim that they are bad writers simply because it became too hard for them to even get started. Is there even anything left to write about, that hasn’t already been covered over and over again?
This article should give you some helpful advice on how to get your dose of inspiration to start writing and get rid of your excuses.
Regardless of the genre, interview is an incredibly helpful technique to gather ideas. Whether you want to write a column, blog post, research paper, or fictional work, it is always helpful to ask your friends and family questions that are somehow connected with the general topic you wish to cover. Even if you’re unsure of the exact topic, interviews can be comprised of completely general questions that may lead you to a concept you wish to revolve your piece around.
Some examples of questions:
- What is your idea of femininity?
- What was your childhood like?
- What do you see as the main problem of the contemporary world?
- Do you believe in any conspiracy theories?
Before conducting your interviews, make a careful choice of your interviewees picking those you believe can provide discerning insights. It is best to have a list of questions prepared beforehand, though you may add or change questions accordingly.
2. Observe and Tell
Set some time aside each day to spend observing something – be it a situation, nature, people, animals, TV shows or anything else that may bring you inspiration.
After observing, make notes on that which you observed. Make your descriptions as detailed as possible, but don’t restrict yourself to writing only about what you observed.
Feel free to draw analogies between that particular sensation and another one or to make more generalized conclusions from it. Your notes are yours only, which means that there are no requirements to be met, so let your imagination run wild.
Try to make this technique a daily habit and try to increase the time you spend observing and writing every now and then to give yourself additional challenge. Even if you don’t become particularly inspired, you will make writing a habit and it will come more naturally to you.
3. Ask the 5 Ws
The 5 Ws refer to five questions—who, what, where, when and why.
This technique is most appropriate when preparing to write a fictional work for which you have to decide on the characters and their motives, the situation, possible conflicts or problems, and the temporal and spatial setting.
Deciding on the 5 Ws and writing it down can help you construct the details of your story or to detect any possible issues with your initial vision.
Questions may sound something like:
- who are my main characters?
- where is the introductory part taking place?
- why do the conflicts arise?
- when does the resolution take place?
4. Research and Report
Conducting research is by no means a technique restricted to writing research papers. It can be a useful tool for getting your inspiration to write just about anything.
Maybe you want to write a sci-fi piece. Do your research on parallel universe theory, theory of relativity or something else and though you may decide not to include it in your work, your research may elicit some other great ideas that you do wish to incorporate.
Research doesn’t necessarily mean just googling the key terms or browsing the books. Quora, Reddit and similar websites open to the public are great sources for gathering data on concepts you are interested in, but also for determining whether there is enough public interest in what you want to write about. In the end, we all want our works to have an audience.
As with the Observe and Tell technique, it is advisable to make notes on what you have researched so you can come back to it later on.
5. Become a Part of a Community
Writing may seem like a Sisyphean task if you have no one to share your work with. As I’ve already mentioned, a writer always strives to have an audience for his works.
A lot of people struggle with sharing their works with those they know because it is too personal. Also, oftentimes our friends and family tend to give sugar-coated feedback which doesn’t really contribute to developing writing as a skill.
The best solution to this problem is to get involved in the writing community.
Blessed be the Internet for providing a wide range of platforms that offer amateur writers to publish their work. Not only are they given much-desired public attention, but their work is also shared with those in the same field who can offer guidance and give valuable advice.
Mostly, these communities are comprised of wonderful people who genuinely want to help one another and root for one another.
Communities are great for motivation, inspiration, and as tools for growth.
© 2019 Dina Sostarec
Rose McCoy on May 29, 2020:
This is a fantastic article—and I really mean that! It’s well-organized, grammatically correct, and I actually want to read it. It doesn’t attack my eyes with tons of different and random contents; it’s purely here to help and nothing else. This really seems like something you’d find in the Atlantic, maybe, or the Times. Awesome job! :)
Hilary Hsieh from Georgia on July 24, 2019:
Thank you for your article! It gave me some ideas on how to focus my mind to brainstorm future writing content.
Tony Sky from London UK on July 15, 2019:
Any technique or inspiration is helpful to get me writing. Thanks!