Finding Inspiration

Sometimes it’s difficult to find inspiration or motivation, something to keep us going as you struggle to maintain your daily word count goals or page count. Or maybe you’re just starting a novel, you have an idea, but you just can’t quite get it off the ground. What do you do?

I’ve found that it’s easy to find inspiration just by looking at the world around you, especially if you’re on vacation. (No matter how short that vacation might be!)

Recently, I visited New York City for the first time, and though I’d been struggling with the desire to write lately, the second I saw the signs, the life, the energy of that city, my motivation returned.

Times Square

It’s difficult to be in the center of such activity without your brain kicking into overdrive. But what do you do when you can’t go away on vacation and you’ve seen all the sites around your city? That’s when you have to be a bit more creative to find ways to motivate yourself.

One easy way is to visit your local bookstore. Look at shelves filled with your favorite author’s books. Yes, it make make you a bit envious, but it can also motivate you to sit down in front of your computer and write.

How about visiting a local park and just people watching for a while? While I was in New York City, the ideas just flowed as I watched the people boarding the subway or sitting on the platform playing their music. I heard everything from bagpipes to drums, and my imagination was stirred.

And if the local park isn’t an option for you, your nearest coffee shop will do just fine. Watch the people coming and going and think about their lives, where they’re headed, if they’re in a hurry or if they take their cup of coffee and meander over to one of the tables to pour over the newspaper. There are so many possibilities when you begin to question their lives.

Just imagine the possibilities.

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