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Inspiration and Motivation to Write Your Next Book

DELETE AND START OVER

Perhaps you’ve managed to scribble a few words on paper. Or you’ve pecked out an uninspired paragraph or two on your laptop. But it’s not bringing you joy. You’re not inspired to continue writing. So don’t.

Delete it.

Yes. Whether you’ve written a chapter or a sentence, get reckless and delete what you’ve already written if it’s not inspiring you to continue.

Oftentimes, the shock of deleting your work will activate your power to write. It forces your brain to relay the essence of what you wanted to say in the first place.

START WRITING ANYTHING

Inspiration to write

If you have nothing written and no idea of what to write, just start writing. This process is known as free writing. Free writing is a time-tested pre-writing technique that allows you to unlock your creativity and fluency. After an exercise of free writing, the words will flow easier.

In free writing, you don’t think, you simply write whatever comes to your mind. You don’t judge or edit yourself. You don’t even need to read what you’re writing, but I highly suggest that you do, and here’s why: Accessing your unconscious mind will present your conscious mind with new and interesting ideas that can spark a new story. After a free writing session, take the time to look over what you’ve written to see if there’s any usable material.

It’s a good idea to give yourself a time limit when free writing. Set your alarm for 10 minutes and then go for it. Whenever you feel stuck, consider doing this pre-writing strategy to loosen your creativity.

TRY WRITING IN A DIFFERENT FORM

You’re a writer, but are you strictly a novelist? Perhaps it’s time to change that, at least temporarily. Consider writing in a different form of literature. Novelist, become a poet. Memoirist, become a songwriter. Shake things up and challenge yourself to be creative in an entirely new way. Don’t worry— you’re not abandoning yourself, you’re just exploring different literary modes of self-expression.

By writing in a new form, you may turn on the light in a previously darkened room in your brain.

WATCH DOCUMENTARIES

Have you ever watched a good documentary and thought, Wow, I wish I could have told that story? Well, you can.*

*As long as you change names and switch key details.

Real life stories provide the best inspiration for moving and captivating novels. While you definitely don’t want to retell the same story (unless you’re writing a non-fiction book and have the legal rights to do so), you can tweak any story into your own.

Scour YouTube for documentaries about real people or events that you pique your interest. If you prefer, you can also check out biographies and other non-fiction books about the subject to learn more.

INTERVIEW YOURSELF

What’s your story?

Instead of looking outside of yourself for inspiration, consider your own story. Even if you don’t plan to write a memoir, you can write a book that explores some of the themes or events from your past. No one has to know it’s inspired by your true life.

To pull the best story, consider interviewing yourself. Yes, you know yourself, but you may be surprised by the stories that you could tell from your own history. Don’t overlook yourself as a muse.

 

 

 

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