20 ways to inspire your writing


A while back I gave you 20 things to blog about when you don’t know what to blog about. Today, I’m going to help you come up with your own ideas. These are just a few things that have helped me brainstorm. Maybe they can help you too.

  1. Take a shower.
  2. Take a long walk.
  3. Listen to an educational podcast.
  4. Visit a museum.
  5. Make some coffee (or tea).
  6. Eavesdrop on a conversation.
  7. Do a monotonous, repetitive task (really, your mind will be forced to think about something else).
  8. Call an old friend.
  9. Play a game with young children (ones you know, not strangers).
  10. Attend a class.
  11. Follow some links on Wikipedia until you’ve learned something new.
  12. Watch people at the mall.
  13. Bake something to share.
  14. Check out a movie from the library (that way if it is terrible, you didn’t have to pay for it).
  15. Volunteer some time at the non-profit organization of your choice.
  16. Practice speaking with a foriegn accent (and see how people respond to you).
  17. Do a small craft project.
  18. Throw a ball.
  19. Look through old photo albums.
  20. Reread a favorite book.

Remember to bring a notebook along so you can write down ideas as they come to you. You may tell yourself that you will remember them later, BUT YOU WON’T. Maybe you should grab a camera too.

Happy writing!