How To Use Life As Writing Inspiration

Do you ever felt like you want to write about life but are lacking in ideas?

The will to write is strong enough for you to dig deep into the creative part of your brain and draw out something new and exciting, but you don’t even know where to start?

Sometimes we just need a little encouragement and a gentle nudge in the right direction.

Fear not, my aspiring writers, there is a solution and it really doesn’t have to be too complicated.

It pays to have an inquisitive nature when writing, to pay attention to your environment, the people who pass by and the conversations they are having. Life is incredibly inspiring and you can use it to fuel your idea for a book, blog, story or poem, if you allow it.

To get you started, I’ve listed a few prompts to inspire your thinking and encourage you to use life to inspire your written work.

Write about:

1. Your relationship with your mother.

2. Why you’re letting the past go, or why you need to.

3. Where you see yourself in 5 years and how that makes you feel.

4. The person you were versus the person you are now.

5. The person you don’t speak to anymore but still think about.

These prompts have been taken directly from my book What’s Your Story?, which was written to prompt creative writing through self-expression.

While writing to a prompt has it’s benefits, there’s a few methods you can use to steer your writing.

Consider:

  • Asking yourself an open-ended question
  • Thinking about how you were feeling at the time
  • Conversations you’ve had with others that can contribute to the topic

Spend a minimum of ten minutes on each of these and stop when you feel like you’ve finished. You’ll be surprised at what you remember and what you produce in your writing.

Writing about aspects of our life can feel challenging because it can evoke memories and feelings that we’d forgotten or didn’t know about.  It can feel too intense to delve into our past. This is why many people start but don’t finish.

What you can expect when writing about your life:

  • Resistance
  • Procrastination
  • Unaddressed feelings to rise to the surface

Using writing prompts and writing exercises can help break the emotional barrier between you and your writing. Focusing on one aspect at a time encourages you to share more than if you were to assign yourself the mammoth task of writing about your whole life.

I’d like you to give the prompts above a go and experience the magic beneath your fingertips as you write.

I’d like you to dominate procrastination with determination to finish writing to at least one prompt.

I’d like you to fight the feeling of resistance and write until you have nothing else to say.

I’d like you to write without fear.

Are you up for the challenge?

 

 


What’s YOUR Story?

I bet you’ve thought about this: seeing your words in print, your name on a cover, somebody reading YOUR book.

But why haven’t you made it happen yet? I’ll tell you why. Lack of confidence. Lack of direction. Lack of time. Procrastination. Writer’s Block. Am I right?

Last year I published my SIXTH book called “What’s Your Story?”. I wrote it for people like you: aspiring authors and writers who just need an opportunity to learn and some encouragement to try.

Read the guidance, work through the writing exercises, participate in online discussion, all at your own pace.

Start today. Order your copy here.

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