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What To Do When You Run Out Of Inspiration

If you thinking of writing a novel series, but in front of you there is still a blank piece of paper – you need to pull yourself together and get down to action.

Here is how you write - just sit down and start writing. This how you shouldn’t write - waiting for the right mood when you will be ready, when the story gets solid and overgrows with details, only then you sit down and start writing.

But sometimes there are days when you are trying to write and realize that there is nothing to say. What if nothing changes and the page will remain empty? In this kind off moments remember these simple ways to restart your creativity process.

1. Answer the question

Do you have a burning question that strikes your mind? Does it concern other people lives? Help to understand them. Help to understand yourself. It doesn’t matter what the question is, just choose one. Even if you don’t know how to answer it, in a process you will be able to get to the solution.

“Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.”
E. L. Doctorow

2. Write to one person

Stephen King recommends writing to your ideal reader. Targeting every single reader at once won’t let you reach your unique audience. You won’t be able to concentrate. It is hardly a coincidence that books that came from the depths of the history are the letters to a single person: “Letters To A Young Poet” by R. M. Rilke, “Epistulae morales ad Lucilium” by Seneca, “Meditations” by Marcus Aurelius. If you find it difficult to start, open your email and compose a new message. Add one person in the “To” field and start writing.

3. Inspiration can come at the strangest time in unexpected places

Trust your intuition. Sometimes inspiration can strike unexpectedly. When it happens grab it and hold with all your strength. Almost every discovery starts with a tiny whisper, try to focus and listen.

4. Don’t wait for inspiration to come

It’s a trap! William Faulkner once was asked a question, whether he wrote by inspiration or a habit, Faulkner replied: “I only write when I am inspired. Fortunately I am inspired at nine o’clock every morning.” Do your thing even if you don’t feel inspired. Weird as it might sound this is a fastest way to get inspiration.

5. Write from the heart

Your thoughts may seem close to thoughts of other people. Write about what touches you deep down. And in your feelings some one else will definitely find something familiar.

6. Take your readers to a journey they will never forget

The reader wants to experience new places. He wants a conflict and he wants it to be resolved. He wants to know that happens in the end. The reader wants a story. Put it all together and give it to him.

7. Remember about the driving in the night

Another great tip from Doctorow: “Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” Sounds scary, all you need to do it start writing. 

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