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Seven ways to find inspiration

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Our world is full of inspiration

It’s wonderful to feel inspired, whether it’s to write, draw, paint, or make music.

Ideas are out there waiting for you.

How to find inspiration

Our world is brimming with sources of inspiration. Head out into it with a notebook in hand and capture the creative thoughts that come to you. Don’t try to edit on the move. Write down anything that sparks your interest as you never know what might be useful later.

  1. People – No two people are the same so everyone you meet is potential inspiration. Be curious. Ask questions. Ask an elderly relative to talk about their childhood or a child about how they view the planet. Ask your friends what they love or dislike most in the world. Engage with online groups that matter to you and know how the members create positive opportunities for themselves.
  2. Nature – The outside world is a vast expanse of inspiration. From enjoying a stroll through woodland to skimming stones across the glassy surface of a lake, you can’t fail to be inspired by nature. Go for a walk, be mindful, breathe deeply, and lose yourself in being outdoorsy. Magic is all around.
  3. Travel – Travelling inspires you to think differently, learn about new cultures, and make new friends. Even if you can’t travel to far-flung lands right now, don’t underestimate how useful travel magazines, videos, books, and blogs can be. If you do want to go exploring, you don’t have to go far. You’ll be amazed at the inspiration that’s in your town, region or country. I went for a trip to the Lake District in my VW camper recently and the beautiful surroundings inspired many words.
  4. Try something new – When’s the last time you tried something you’ve never done before? Bake an ancient recipe, sign up for a laughter yoga workshop, ice skate or anything you fancy. It’ll give you new perspectives on the world.
  5. Mindmap – You might associate mind mapping with conference rooms, but this simple exercise can be used when creating a vision board, bucket list, or getting your head around a new project. Jotting down all the ideas you have in your head can inspire fresh ideas, help you make connections and find routes. Push yourself to think beyond what’s possible and work through your challenges as well as the solutions.
  6. You! – Don’t neglect your own ability to inspire others by living your most authentic life. Push yourself out of your comfort zone, try new things, express yourself, and be passionate, reflective, and honest. Ask your friends and family what they see as your strengths, as this is how you inspire others. Meditation can be powerful for finding inspiration from within too, especially when the noise from others is overwhelming.
  7. Curiosity – What topics interest you? Be a journalist for a day and explore something new or learn about something that intrigues you. You might not want to become a NASA astronaut, but you might be fascinated by outer space to the extent that you seek inspiration in the solar system. What have you always wanted to learn? Stay curious, become an eternal student, and learn something new every day.

Struggling to find inspiration?

Don’t panic. You’re not a failure. It’s common not to feel inspired every moment of every day. Be gentle with yourself. Ideas will come given time. Keep exploring the world and keep an open mind. Inspiration will begin to flow naturally without the need for force.

Always remember that you don’t need to feel inspired to start writing that story or painting that picture. Ideas sometimes need movement to come.

Once you get moving, even if you start by doodling or writing about your breakfast, you’ll be amazed at what can happen. Inspiration will come.

“Inspiration is a by-product of discipline…simply getting up every day and planning, plotting, sketching, setting up or actually applying paint to a painting.”

Beverly Claridge
About Shelley Wilson

Shelley Wilson is a British, genre-straddling author of sixteen books including motivational self-help books and young adult fantasy fiction. She has a crazy black cat called Luna and is obsessed with vampires, Tudor and Viking history as well as exploring castles


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