To help inspire you, try some unconventional sources – your photos, a dictionary or some online image searches!
STEP 1: Pick up a dictionary or thesaurus (or head online). Randomly choose a word, or a few words, and an image from your photos or off Google images.
What do they mean for you? Do they remind you of something, someone, a memory?
STEP 2: Start writing whatever comes into your head, and don’t think about what you’re trying to say – just write for 15 minutes.
STEP 3: What’s on the page? Read through it and underline anything that makes you think “hmmm, that’s interesting” or “that sounds different”.
I keep a list of words handy that just sound interesting, then rummage through them from time to time.
Below are some random inspiration searches t help get you started. Just click, scroll and select, and start writing!
- People Outdoors | why are they there? what are they doing? who are they?
- Powerful, Emotional Moments | what happened to get us here?
- Happy Moments | what happened to us here? what happens next?
- Old Barns | what if the barn could talk? who’s barn is it?
- Cars From the 60’s | what was life like then? was it your Dad or Grandfather’s?
- Motorcycles From the 70s | where has it been? what has it seen? what would it say?
- Junk Drawer | other people’s junk drawers – choose something
Inspiration Writing Prompts
Choose one or combine:
|Ice Cream Cone||Barnacle|
While inspiration can be elusive, you can find ways to kick start it!