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Writing Your Book: 10 Ways to Get Inspiration for it

If you’re writing a book, you probably have already envisioned the end result. A gorgeous, glossy book with an incredible cover, that will reel in piles of cash. But, rewind a bit and the numerous challenges along the way can be very daunting – one of the main obstacles being writer’s block. Buckle your seat belt up and brace yourself, for after this post you’ll be a hundred miles closer to your end result.

PART 1: Distance Yourself

1. Go for a walk

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Step outside into the brisk, fresh air to move away from the surroundings of your book. Your brain will feel relaxed and its writing ‘ideas maker’ will be restocked and ready to function again. Whether you mull over the contents of your book or not, nature always is full of inspiration for writing your book.

2. Head to a cafe

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You’re surrounded by people, but – none of them demand anything from you or sap your concentration. It’s the perfect place to be, whether to concentrate on writing your book or just for a coffee break! The dull thrum of activity will fuel your productivity and the change of atmosphere will soon have your fingers tapping away at that keyboard once again.

3. People watch

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A cafĂ© is also the perfect place for this next tip. People have peculiar habits and tendencies, all of them unique, and it can be perfect for ideas for your own characters. Who knows what you might discover…

4. Listen to some music

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From calm lofi and academian piano to rock, pop or anything lively or anywhere in between, sometimes the silence just needs to be broken. Be warned though – if you’re listening to anything with mood or tone in it, you might find your story drifting in that direction.

5. Go to sleep

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Okay, I know this might be a given for so many people, but as good night’s rest is often as important for your brain as the work itself, giving it enough time to process what’s been happening. As people have found, “go to bed, you’ll feel better in the morning” is just the human version of “did you turn it off and on again?”

6. Pets to the rescue

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Never underestimate the company of a pet. Not only are they one of the things that go so well with reading books (and writing books), they also are just fun to be with. There are so many benefits of spending time with animals, I literally cannot count them all here.

PART 2: Enter Your World…

7. Use some prompts

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Even if they’re not directly related to your story, they are so useful for getting your creative juices flowing again. Go on, give it a try. You might just have found yourself one of your most useful tools for defeating writer’s block.

8. Live in the pages

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Just go over the setting and scenarios. It’s very simple, and nothing complicated. Make sure everything seems real, through all four seasons of the year and every time of day. Even if it’s fantasy, it has to feel like you could be there, falling into the pages. When the set up is perfected, you’re ready for lights, camera, action!

9. Step in their shoes – Have a Conversation

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For this one, just be your character. Walk them through any scenarios, anything. Just be your character and get to know them better – almost like having a conversation with them. What’s their backstory, their dream house, a childhood best friend; go into as much or as little detail as you want to.

Maybe somethings are too deep to be revealed, something that your character wouldn’t want to say. There. You learned something about them. Don’t underestimate their mannerisms and habits, either.

10. What if?

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Think of and jot down every and any idea that comes to your mind, no matter how crazy it may seem. With all these intricate scenarios, you’ll find more and more, until maybe, just maybe, you think of the one.

Hopefully this has got you brimming with excitement to keep writing again. Remember, if some of these tips don’t work for you or your book, don’t worry. Everyone is different, so no matter your pace or speed of progress, rest assured that your will get there.