8 Ways to Jump-start your Writing

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Do you need writing inspiration? Well, as we’ve previously discussed, being a writer means being able to write each and every day regardless of how ‘inspired’ you feel. But, with that said, when something does inspire us, it’s often reflected in our writing. When something ignites our inner passion, that passion finds its way onto the page and into the mind of the reader. So what can we do to jumpstart our inspiration and stoke the flames of passion into life?

1. Listen to music
‘Listen to music to find a way into the story you’re telling. Music is incredibly evocative: find the right piece that reflects the world you’re writing about, and you’re halfway there.’

– Anthony Neilson

Music can be a great way to inject atmosphere into our writing. If you’ve never tried it before, movie soundtracks can be a great place to start.

2. Use your journal
Collect ideas, thoughts and words and come back to them often for a healthy dose of inspiration! If you’re not keeping a journal yet, check out this post for reasons why you should.

3. Write something different
Try telling the story from a different perspective; a different viewpoint or character. Write the same story but change the genre, or write something entirely new. Nothing gets the cogs turning like a fresh plot or viewpoint.

4. Read
Try reading books you wouldn’t usually read. Read non-fiction or books in different genres that sit firmly outside our comfort zone. These can be great sources of inspiration and get you seeing things in new and exciting ways.

5. Watch a movie or play game
It’s relaxing and it exercises your creative mind. Do you need any more excuses?

6. Spend time with other people
Sometimes we need to get out of our own heads. The best way to do this is to connect with people. Meet a friend for coffee or go for a walk with them. Conversation is a great source of inspiration.

7. People watch
Take your computer, notepad or journal to a busy spot like a coffee shop, sit back and watch the world go by. Notice how people interact and ask yourself questions about them. Does their appearance gives you any clues to their personality? Do they have a past? How do other people respond to them?

8. Writing exercises
If you’re still struggling to find inspiration, have a go at a writing exercise. If you don’t have a book on writing, there are plenty of exercises to be found online. These can be just the ticket to getting that pen on the page.

We don’t always have time to wait for inspiration before writing, and it’s good to build the habit of writing daily no matter how inspired you’re feeling, but if you’re really needing a kick, take one of these tips and give them a go. Most importantly, don’t worry! You’ll be tapping or scratching away in no time! As always, keep writing, keep learning and build a better book.

Peter Turley god of the word

Peter Turley

About the author

Peter Turley is a writer, editor, podcaster, education, and training professional and academic from the North West of England, UK.

His love for the written word began with reading and writing fantasy fiction before moving into the world of non-fiction writing self-improvement articles back in 2010.

In 2018 Peter graduated with an Honours degree in Creative Writing and English Literature and progressed onto an MA in Creative Writing, graduating in 2019.

Although an experienced editor of fiction, over the course of his studies his lifelong fondness for poetry grew into his preferred medium driven by his desire for linguistic clarity and self-expression.

In late 2018, he was honoured to represent his university in reading a collaborated piece at the London Camarade event which was subsequently published in the Leeds Human Rights Journal exploring the theme ‘Borders’.

In 2020 Peter was accepted onto a Doctorate programme and will commence his PhD in Creative Writing in January 2021.

When he’s not busy working in education and training, reading, writing, editing and studying, you can find him…well, those pursuits pretty much take up all of his time, but you can find him here at the Book Editor Show.

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