Random Places to Find Inspiration

Use this list when you're completely stuck. You'll be inspired in no time!

Ah, inspiration. The unicorn-like state every writer craves for intense writing and motivation. It’s hard to chase and even harder to catch. Especially if you’re suffering from any number of writerly hang-ups.

I’ve talked before on writer’s block, motivation, and how to take advantage of inspiration when it strikes, but today I wanted to write a shorter post on some random places you can look for inspiration.

When you feel like you’re at your wit’s end and just can’t for the life of you, come up with another word, refer to this list.

Things to Do

  • Take a walk
  • Write in your journal
  • Try writing a haiku
  • Meditate
  • Visualize your story
  • Get a cup of tea (make it at home or go to a coffee shop)
  • Phone a friend
  • Call your mom
  • Play with the cat, dog, hamster, ferret, gerbil, goats, alpacas, llamas, etc.


Things to Read

  • The New Yorker
  • National Geographic
  • Find an internet magazine
  • Read fanfiction
  • Reread your favorite sections of your favorite book
  • Read the back of the cereal box
  • Read a blog post from your favorite blogger
  • Read a blog post from your favorite author


Places to Visit

  • Coffee shops
  • Craft stores
  • Book stores
  • Libraries
  • Parks
  • Golf Courses
  • Swimming Pools
  • Art Museums
  • History Museums
  • Cultural Centers


Places to Look

  • Pinterest
  • Google images
  • StumbleUpon
  • Tumblr
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • Magazines
  • Catalogs
  • Newspapers


Good luck on your inspiration hunt!



Alexis Truitt

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