Writing Inspiration

We all get blocked sometimes. In my opinion and experience, the best way to get writing inspiration is to do something totally different. In that spirit, here are some unusual, fun, beautiful, and just plain different sites to check out, things to do, and writing prompts to get your mental juices flowing!

Graphic showing various military rations from “I Waste So Much Time”.

To Surf:

  • 50 Main Street: Photographer Piero Ribelli visited a family living at 50 Main Street in each of the 50 states. This project records his mission to show how much Americans have in common in this divided era.
  • Blue Fugates: This is real, not satire or a tall tale. There are (or were) blue people in Appalachia. It was caused by a rare blood disorder and was reportedly more of an ashy gray with blue tones. Again, not a joke.
  • I Waste So Much Time: The name is fair warning, but there are all kinds of odd bits and pieces of information and fun infographics.
  • Rations: Every country has different rations for it’s military. Tikka masala, venison pate, alcohol cordials, couscous, vegimite, and squid are all standard for the military somewhere in the world.
  • The Japanese Tea Ceremony: Truly, fully, and completely choreographed down to the tiniest detail.
  • Detroiturbex: These images compare and contrast images of Detroit locations at its peak and in a state of decay.
  • Not the White House: SATIRE SITE – because sometimes we just need a good laugh.
  • WriteWorld: TONS of inspiration for writers here!

To Do:

  • Take a walk, go for a run, or ride a bike.
  • Go to the craft store and buy something from Clearance. Do the craft.
  • Look at your physical or virtual bookshelf and read something not in the genre you are currently writing.
  • Re-read your favorite book from childhood, again.
  • Visit an antique store. There are bound to be things you’ve never seen there!
  • Go to a coffee shop and order something you have never had before. Try it while talking to a total stranger.
  • Make that recipe you found on Pinterest / Facebook but never got around to.
  • Take a tub bath and use the candles / bath salts / bubble bath that you’ve been saving for “some day”. Yes, even in the middle of the day!
  • 25 Things Writers Should Do.

Writing Prompts:

Remember: Choose a prompt for something different than your current project.

To Avoid:

  • Pinterest.
  • YouTube.
  • Facebook.
  • Pinterest.
  • Anything else where you get lost for hours. The idea is a mental reboot – not a complete sabatical.

Truthfully, these can still be great sources inspiration, but only if you don’t get lost and waste hours upon hours. (Irony: I found the graphic about rations on Pinterest.)