As an author, you know that the key to a successful writing career is to produce a steady stream of new and original content. Even after your book has been published, you still have to continue to produce content on social media to attract new readers, and keep your steady readers interested. But sometimes it can be hard to come up with new ideas for what to write about next. Staring at a blank document on your screen can be daunting.
Fortunately, if you’re feeling stuck, perhaps trying some of my favorite “get inspired” tips might help you, too. Here are five surefire ways to jumpstart your creativity and get those ideas flowing again.
1. Keep a running list of ideas.
The first step is to get into the habit of jotting down story ideas as they come to you. This can be done in a physical notebook or on your computer, whichever you prefer. The important thing is to have a dedicated space where you can capture those fleeting moments of inspiration before they’re gone again. I have a folder right on my desktop that says, “Cool ideas I want to write about.” Everything goes in there.
2. Get inspired by other authors and influencers.
One great way to generate new ideas is to see what other authors in your genre are doing. Read their blog posts, check out their latest books, and see what topics they’re covering that you could add your own spin on. Of course, you don’t want to copy anyone else. You are you, after all, but drinking from the well of inspiration is key to keeping your own, fresh ideas flowing. When you find something that piques your interest, make a note of it and see where the idea takes you.
3. Brainstorm with a friend.
Who do you know that inspires you whenever you’re together? Collaborating with another author can help jumpstart your own creativity and come up with content ideas you never would have thought of on your own. Brainstorming sessions can be done in person or virtually, whichever works better for you and your writing partner.
4. Take a walk.
There is nothing like mother nature for recharging the batteries and stimulating new ideas. Sometimes the best way to clear your head and get those creative juices flowing again is to simply step away from your desk and take a walk outside. Getting some fresh air and moving your body can do wonders for sparking new ideas.
5. Doodle or free write.
If you’re struggling to come up with a specific idea, it sometimes helps just to start writing and see where the words take you. Set a timer for 10-15 minutes and just start writing whatever comes into your head, no matter how nonsensical it may seem at first glance. One time when I was hanging out with Kenny Loggins (Forgive me. I know I’m name dropping here, but Kenny himself is inspiring), he told me he had just picked up a new book by Julia Cameron called The Artist’s Way. It’s a classic now, but she talks about something called Morning Pages, where you get up in the morning and write three pages of whatever comes to mind. You may be surprised at what hidden gems emerge when you let yourself just go with the flow!
There will always be times when it feels like the well of new ideas has run dry for authors. But by following these simple tips, you’ll quickly break out of that rut and get back to producing the great content your readers have come to expect from you. So what are you waiting for? Grab that notebook (or open up that blank Word document) and get started. I’d love to know your ideas! What do you do to tap into your own inner creativity? Send me an email or share on social media.
To your success!
P.S. I’m Alright, You Inspire Me!, You’re the Inspiration!
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