Hello, I’ve returned.
For my first set of regular Monday posts, I thought it would be fun to kick it off with some advice on ways to find inspiration. You see, no matter how creative and talented someone is, they can always use a little inspiration. I’ve found this to be especially true in writing.
First, Inspiration in General:
In general, I recommend finding your inspiration from the world around you. Look at the way trees move in the wind, study the way people tilt their heads when listening to someone else speak. Memorize the way situations make you feel, and the way a bakery smells. Take mental notes of what happens to you day to day, what you encounter, and what you find interesting. Then, take those notes from your life and work them into your writing. These little things are what make works of literature as spectacular as they are made out to be. This works in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry, and I’m sure anything this advice could possibly be applied to.
The main thing to remember is to never take someone else’s idea. You can admire it, learn from it, and even put your own spin on it, but taking someone else’s intellectual property and calling it your own not only does a disservice to the original creator, but also to yourself. If you absolutely must use something from someone else, give them credit to the creator. Support their work and share it as it was intended so everyone else can know how wonderful it is.
I believe that everyone is capable of writing something beautiful and creative on its own, with its own merit, especially if your inspiration is drawn from the world around you. All you have to do is pay attention to the little things most everyone forgets about.