How to Get Inspired

Four Parts:Taking it easyCreating the flow of inspirationCapturing your inspirationStaying on track

Has your story gone to the dumps because you don't know what to write? Read on for some tips to get inspired!

Part 1
Taking it easy

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    Take a moment to breathe and reflect on your goal. Do you want to write a poem? Do you want to write a short story? This step may take some time, and you should be relaxed while you think. You won't be able to think properly if you're anxious about something or if you generally have other things on your mind. Try to be physically and emotionally comfortable, as much as you can.
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    Give yourself space. Think about nothing much. In fact, do something relaxing or go for a walk. By not thinking, inspiration often occurs to you of its own accord.
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    Look around you.Wherever you are, notice anything that stands out to you as interesting. without trying to be "looking for something". Just think deeply about your surroundings. Remember, if it drives any emotion whatsoever, it probably is a good source of inspiration.
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    Don't take yourself too seriously. You can focus on other things whilst waiting for inspiration to come. In fact, it shouldn't even be classed as "waiting". Just be prepared. You don't need to sift through thousands of "inspirational" quotes or "motivational" posters. Remember, just to be relaxed.
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    Don't go desperately hunting for inspiration. Do you think corporate tycoons think up their million-dollar business plans in 5 minutes flat? Of course not. Trying too hard to find inspiration will make you end up stressed with a headache, or at most with a sloppy idea.
    • Don't over-think things. If you have an idea or feel inspired, hold onto to just that. Keep what you have as simply as possible. Don't be constantly trying to expand it; instead, just relax and think about it in its current form.

Part 2
Creating the flow of inspiration

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    Draw on your own resources. Your source of inspiration may not be made of matter. Often, the most inspirational of concepts or ideas can be found only in your mind. Think of a certain memory you have of a circumstance or situation. Also, think of things that you feel strongly about or of moral opinions that you may have. War, religion, politics, relationships, death, etc.
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    Enrich yourself. All ideas start as tiny seeds in a person's mind. Of course, many of them die quickly. Try to plant as many of these seeds as you can by enriching yourself with media. Listen to music, watch videos, read books, analyze articles and try new things every day.
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    Listen to inspirational music. Try listening to some classical pieces or relaxing sounds. Instrumental music will help you concentrate better, but you may find inspirational lyrics in some songs. Try both and see which type works best for you.

Part 3
Capturing your inspiration

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    Try jotting down ideas that you have thought of previously. Try to recall thoughts that you have had that you found particularly interesting, and branch out from those thoughts with more complex analysis. For example, if you thought of a cool way to get around, decide just what makes your transportation work.
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    Once you have an idea that you find interesting or emotional, close your eyes and picture exactly what it is that you are thinking about. Then imagine yourself observing this idea from the outside. See the idea as a whole, and note how it makes you feel. Don't pursue your inspiration if it doesn't interest you. For example, just because something football-related inspires you, if you're not interested in football, let it pass or even tell it to a friend who is interested in football.
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    Once you feel that you have captured the essence of your idea, produce a rough outline on paper with more ideas relating to your main source.

Part 4
Staying on track

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    Don't quit. When something gets hard or tedious or you just decide you've had enough of it, leave it alone and come back to it later. Don't just abandon it. This way, if you feel like it at another time, you can always come back to it. Keep all of these ideas in one place and in no time you should have a reservoir of old, interesting ideas that you can look back on.
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    Organize and apply. If you're messy with your time, you're going to end up with a messy head. Create yourself a timetable to manage your time and organize what you need to do. This will help you get on top of everything, even in those sticky situations where your "to-do" list is sixteen pages long.
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    Exercise your creativity and embrace your source of inspiration. Fill out your idea, and find a place for it in your work!
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    Set yourself reachable goals. Don't get in over your head. Think about what is achievable, think about which of these things you would be proud of achieving, come up with a reasonable solution for reaching this goal and then set out on it. By accomplishing these goals, you'll be proving that you can accomplish the things you want to and you'll hopefully have something to show for your efforts.


  • Carry a note/sketch book to write or doodle whenever you want to remember an inspirational piece or have an idea for a project.
  • If you think of a personality as your best reason behind your inspiration then don't try to copy his/her actions, try to simulate the situation by putting yourself on his/her place not himself/herself on your place. By doing so you can feel that after becoming like that person which action you would take if you would have been on his/her place.
  • Honesty is key. If you are lying to yourself at all, your creative product will most certainly lack value because of it.
  • It is not necessary to find inspiration by emulating the actions of others, the best source of inspiration should be you.
  • Think of real people in your life. They can help you decide your character traits. Also remember at the end of the day even if you don't like your story it's important that you had fun.


  • Don't become overwhelmed. You can deal with things on your own time. It isn't necessary and might be counter productive to sit on your own for hours trying to force something to come out. Just let it come when it strikes you and don't be afraid to build on someone else's creativity!
  • Diving deeply into things that bring on emotion may be painful or upsetting. If you feel that you are becoming too emotional or stressed, you may want to consider meditation on the subject, or discussing it with a close friend or family member first. This will help you to learn more about the subject and be more honest in your creativity. Whatever you do, do not run from the emotion or avoid facing it in any way.

Things You'll Need

  • A notepad and pencil for jotting down ideas.
  • An outlet for your creativity.

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