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5 Random Places to Find Inspiration

on January 12, 2015

As writers, we have to be open to the weird and the wonderful, and inspiration often strikes in totally random places. Often, we don’t even need to search for inspiration; it finds us instead. With that in mind, here are 5 random places where you might find your next story idea!

Image courtesy of somethingoneverything.com

Image courtesy of somethingoneverything.com

  1. Vintage Stores – Writing historical fiction? Then head to your local vintage store before you slide into your desk chair. Browsing is so much fun because each item has its own unique story–and it’s up to you to find and tell it.
  2. Gyms – Your blood is pumping and the endorphins are flowing; these factors can launch your creativity into overdrive. Add to that the fact that your mind is mostly blank when you’re doing reps or running on the treadmill, and you have the ideal environment to dream up awesome new writing projects.
  3. Your Shower – Many times, you don’t even need to venture out of the bathroom for inspiration; just take a shower! Great ideas often hit when you’re sudsing up.
  4. Bed – The saying, “Sleep on it,” is so true; sleep really lends us a sense of clarity. If you’re stuck at a stubborn point in your story, “sleeping on it” is often all you need.
  5. Public Transportation – Not only do you have uninterrupted time on a bus, train, or airplane, you also have an abundance of people and conversations. Hello, people watching!

Writers out there, what is your favorite random place to find inspiration? Is there a special location that always works for you? I’d love to hear your thoughts and stories.

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5 responses to “5 Random Places to Find Inspiration

  1. Great tips, lady! I’ve gotten so many ideas at the gym, and while hiking or running. I’m also getting loads of inspiration from meditation.

    • Thanks August! I get a ton of ideas at the gym, too… I guess it’s true what they say about active body, active mind. 🙂

      You’re right about meditation; it is the perfect way to find inspiration for new projects, or to discover the missing puzzle pieces that will help you complete your existing project. Here’s to feeling energized and inspired!

  2. Fiona says:

    This is a great list. I alway seem to get inspired while cycling. I think it’s a mix of your point 2 and point 5: the endorphins are flowing and I have uninterrupted time.

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