I’m actually in a Creative Writing Fiction class right now, so I have to write. And It’s wonderful.
Ashley trivia of the day: My dream job – Writer.
I’m so so soooo bad with words on the spot. I completely admire writers and the ability to just know what you want to say. Not that those two things are necessarily always correlated.
Get back on topic, Ashley.
Okay, where do I get my motivation for writing. Actually where I was going in the first sentence I wrote. In class, I’m forced to explore things to write about. I get ideas from other students and from the professor. Last semester, I got an awesome idea for a novel from my professor. This semester, I read the other student’s work and I get ideas on technique and voice.
I get a lot of writing prompts from Pinterest, too. I got yet another novel idea and a short story idea from prompts on Pinterest. There are endless character bank ideas, dialogue prompts, you name it. Pinterest has everything.
The biggest source of ideas that I get are actually other writers. Now, this may have a big red “PLAGIARIST” stamp on it, but that’s actually not what I mean. I’m an assistant editor for my university’s literary journal and I read a lot of student work. It’s actually long gone now because I didn’t write it down, but I got an idea based on just one line in a story that I read for the journal.
If you’re looking for inspiration and ideas for writing, just pick up a book and start reading. Or go on Pinterest and search “writing prompts.” It’s literally that easy. You do some digging until something just sparks in your brain. And then you start writing.
Now, I said easy. That’s not really the right word. I meant easy for finding ideas. Writing is not easy. Even for really good writers and word magicians. Edits, additions, cuts, wash, rinse, repeat. It’s a process.
And where do you get the motivation to actually do that process? Well, I have class and assignment deadlines. But if you’re not in my boat there, there are plenty of ways you can find the motivation to write. I’ve posted about NaNoWriMo before. It’s something to look into if you’re struggling with motivation to just do it. They have NaNoWriMo in November and Camp NaNoWriMo in the summer. Seriously-look into it. Otherwise, you’re just going to have to set personal goals and do your best to stick to them. That may work for some of you, but it just doesn’t for me. At least not when I have other priorities like school. Maybe set up a reward system? I honestly don’t know. I just write when I have the inspiration and/or a due date coming up.