Inspiration Time (Top Five Ways Inspiration Comes)

Inspiration is tricky. Sometimes it comes quickly and easily, and other times you sit in front of the blank piece of paper for half an hour, drooling. Okay, maybe not drooling, but you get the idea. For me, there’s five simple ways inspiration comes, and here it is. Read at your own risk.

5. Hometown

It’s true. I can get inspiration from taking a walk or riding a bike around town. There’s always something happening somewhere, right? And that might get the gears of the brain going, and boom, inspiration is born. For this one it’s a combination of me actually observing the things around me and sort of, err, day dreaming, but moving on.

4. The Shower

You heard me. I often get inspiration in the shower. I’m still not sure what that’s about, because I can’t say there’s much that’s “inspiring” about shampoo and conditioner. Even so, ideas are found there, and I’m just not going to question it. I can spend forever standing under the water and planning out scenes, dialogue, random paragraphs, and the like. Hmm. No wonder I’m told I take such long showers.

3. Media

In this case, by media I mean two of my favourite things-books and movies. I don’t mean that anybody should plagiarize, just that I can’t be the only one that gets a lot of ideas from it. Not even that, I sometimes make out entire story ideas around the cover and title of a book that has nothing to do with the real plot, and that in itself could be a story I can write in the future. Even small concepts I think of while reading a book or watching a movie will make it into a draft.

2. Lying Awake At Night

You know when you wake up at like four in the morning, and no matter what you do you can’t get to sleep, so you just start thinking about random stuff that comes to mind? That’s yet another source of inspiration. It’s not like I have much else to do, so I just stay in bed and let the thoughts flow. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought about plot construction in the early hours of the morning. Annoying, but effective. The whole lying awake at night leads me to my last point-

1. Dreams

Dreams are where I get my greatest story ideas. Most of my best books come from dreams. Of course, a lot of times I have to tone down the weirdness of it all, because my dreams are...interestingYes, my subconsciousness is better at making things up then I am on my own. All in all, dreams are a great way to go for inspiration, just if your dreams are anything like mine (so random most of the time that it can’t be explained in words) really try to make it at least a tad more realistic.

So there we are. The top five ways I get inspiration. It’s messy, it’s weird, and it all works. I’m fortunate enough that it’s usually not too difficult for me to find inspiration. If anyone’s having trouble, well…I don’t know. Take a shower, go for a walk; it just might work.