Whether you’re writing your first novel or your 100th, inspiration can come and go in the blink of an eye, so you have to be aware of where and when you can find it.
There are many types of places, people, and even objects that can strike up that muse of inspiration when you least expect it. If you’re out on a walk, take a look at the scenery: are there other people around? What about the wildlife? How’s the weather?
Or if you’re at school or work, take a look at who’s around you and create a life for them. It doesn’t have to be true, and it doesn’t even have to take place in this world, but just try it out to get the juices flowing.
Often the easiest place to find inspiration for writing is nature. There are so many things that it can offer, such as the different kinds of flora and fauna, or how certain plants may grow in nature, or how the weather can change, or anything that can be seen. It’s always changing and it’s always an easy way to write a scene for your story. You can place your main character in that setting and see if he/she fits. If so, then great! Keep writing. If not, that’s okay, just try somewhere else.
There’s also a way to find inspiration in destruction. Go to a dump or a recent demolition site, or the site of a recent fire or anything, and look around to see if anything strikes up an idea in your mind. Not all stories have to be focused on the good in the world; sometimes the bad makes an even better story.
You can also find inspiration in mad-made nature. Dams, bridges, skyscrapers, schools, anything made by man can be used as inspiration. Are you writing a tale of cowboys and dastardly fiends? Incorporate trains into your story, or even a steamboat. Have a character that loves doing daring things? Have him jump off of a bridge into a canal.
There are so many options and so many places, people, and things that you can draw inspiration from, all you have to do is try it!
Where have you found your greatest inspiration for writing? Let me know in the comments!