Have you ever found it incredibly difficult to sit down and write, even when you put your mind to it? If you are an author without a book,you need to find your source of inspiration in order to start writing. The chances of having a ‘Eureka’ moment one day and writing your best-selling book in the span of one night will not happen, so it’s time to get your mind off that idea. Instead, your success will come as a result of your everyday lifestyle habits. When you get up in the morning, what is the first thing that you do? How often do you try to sit down at your desk to write at least a few hundred words each day? Do you take breaks? The various habits that you should take every single day will be outlinedin more detail below.
Morning Coffee or Tea
Your morning should start with your cup of coffee or tea, depending on which you prefer more. Also, don’t forget to eat breakfast, as it’s the necessary meal that will give you energy for the rest of the day.In other words, there is no point inrushing through your morning routine. Take it slow, and you will also wake up more efficiently if you do this. You may even find some level of inspiration insimply sitting at a coffee shop and staring out the window for a while. Let your mind wander and see what stories you will be able to come up with after the fact.
Source of Inspiration
Determining what you want to write about will be the hardest part. Even if you have a general plot line in your head, you still need to start figuring out the details of what your story will entail. In other words, you need to find your source of inspiration. While your morning coffee or tea is good to start your day, sitting down at that same desk will do nothing to help your creativity. Instead, you need to continue living your life by being social, having hobbies, eating out and so on.
Consider making a habit of trying new things every so often as well, whether it’s a new food or participating in a new type of activity. Traveling is another good example of ways that you can become inspired, especially when you experience a culture that is different to your own. You can broaden your mind by doing this. A lot of storyline details could very well be a result of your own experiences and stories, and you can bring them to life within your book. You can read more about the idea of ‘writing what you know’ and how this can be usedin fiction and non-fiction stories alike.
Remember that you aren’t a robot and it’s okay to take breaks throughout the day. In fact, take more breaks than you even think you need, as your brain needs the time to focus on something else if you want to be more productive. Consider getting up for at least a few minutes once every single hour has passed, and don’t forget also to leave your homewhile you do it.
While taking care of your health and wellbeing may not be the first thing you think about when dealing with writer’s block, it is incredibly important. You will not have the energy to juggle your responsibilities, social life, as well as writing if you don’t live a healthy life. For starters, this means that you need to get enough sleep every single day, as well as eat a healthy diet and work out every single day, even if it’s only for a few minutes. You could even consider trying meditation in order toreduce the stress in your life and learn how to live in the present momentas a result of it.
Create a Writer’s Space
A healthy environment that supports your muse such that you can consistently write every single day will benefit you. For starters, you need to make a habit of de-cluttering your home on a daily and weekly basis. If you are trying to concentrate while sitting at your desk but you can’t even properly see the wood of the desk anymore, there is a problem. More so, be as creative as you want with your workstation. Include a string of lights, fill it with beautiful photography and postcards from around the world, and anything else that will help you concentrate better.
Set Aside an Hour a Day
No matter what, set aside an hour a day to write. It does not matter if you end up deleting what you wrote, you need to get into a habit of writing daily. The longer you wait to do it, the more you may end up procrastinating, and you will continue putting it off to a later date. While writing a book takes time, it also requires you to work at it and concentrate.
Listen to People
Another good source of inspiration can come from speaking to other people. Talk to friends and family, but even to strangers you meet in a coffee shop or while you are traveling. Hearing other people’s stories could very well become your inspiration. However, remember that you shouldn’t steal another person’s ideas. There is a difference between finding inspiration through people and being a copycat, and you don’t want to be the latter.
No matter what you do, remember to always write what you believe to be true for you and what you feel is right. You don’t need to finish your book within a year, in fact, it could even take several years until you are completely happy with the result. It’s simply important to set time aside each day to do a little bit of writing, as well as to continue living your life and experiencing new things. You never know who you will meet and thus who will inspire the next character in your book. All in all, keep an open mind for everything that you do.