Inspiration is all around us, and it is essential if you want to produce good writing. Anyone can write, after all, and practice can get you far – but you want that extra something to get yourself noticed. On Thursday, I discussed inspiration and attempting to overcome your “creative block” by getting involved in writing groups, whether in person or online.
Today, we are going to examine some ways in which you can use images, such as photographs and art, to inspire your writing.
Images can be the things you see on a daily basis. This mean that almost anything you see could potentially inspire you. Of course, you are less likely to feel inspired by something you see all the time, such as your dog or the postman. That is why you should actively pursue imagery that may be inspiring and encourage your creative side.
Just as in the case of writers groups, there are lots of websites and groups on social media that are dedicated to presenting eager writers with pictures designed to stimulate creativity. Some will challenge you to write to a specific set of instructions, such as a limerick or a haiku, which is great if you want to test yourself or hone your skills in a particular area. Others will allow you to engage with your fellow writers when you submit your writing, giving you an opportunity to see what other writers thought of the same image. The aim of them all is to get you thinking outside of the box.
You can also find inspiration from images around the home. Old photographs can provide us with fantastic inspiration – they generate a whole list of questions about the person or persons (or objects) in the photograph and their life stories, and may just be the kick that your writing needs. Picking up a pen in a moment of awe or wonder can be an incredibly rewarding thing to do.
And, of course, we must not forget images that themselves have been created by somebody else’s moments of inspiration. Where is a better place for a person who has lost their creative edge than a room crammed full of creativity? Take a trip to a local art gallery, giving yourself enough time to get the feel of the artwork. Then, while you are still inspired by what you have seen, start writing and see where your imagination can take you.
Writing is supposed to create, among other things, images in your reader’s minds. Take the drawing, photograph, model, picture, or other imagery you have felt drawn to and transform it into the written word. Describe the majesty, the colours, the spectacle, the confusion: this will really get you thinking about what you are writing and what you want your audience to imagine when they read it.
This month’s theme is INSPIRATION. If you have written something that you would like me to share on this blog on the theme of finding inspiration, then please post a link in the comments or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject: Inspiration.