Where to Find Inspiration

A crisp white sheet, a blank canvas, a new Word document these things are some of the most formidable elements to overcome. Taking the first step to having that glisten of inspiration that jolts you into a new project is an exciting feeling, but sometimes nothing comes to mind. As a Her Campus writer, it gets challenging to find a new article prompt every week too. So, here are some things that I do to find that inspiration.

  1. 1.  In the pages of a book

    Look for inspiration inside a book. Whether it’s an art book with big high-quality images or a novel that sparks ideas, reading is a great way to let your mind travel. However, it’s important never to plagiarize, always cite your sources if you’re taking ideas or information from someone.

  2. 2. In the fresh air

    When ideas aren’t coming, going outside to clear your head, a little can be helpful. You’ll come back refreshed and relaxed, ready to tackle that project with a fresh mind.

    The Lalatennis Shoes Grass
  3. 3.  Writing a stream of consciousness

    Writing whatever your hand and brain come up with is an efficient way to break out of this dilemma. As Charles Bukowski said in this book, The    Last Night    of the Earth    Poems (1992), “writing about a writer's block is better than not writing at all”.

  4. 4. Brainstorming

    Talking with someone else can aid you in overcoming your block. They have a different perspective to give that can help you look at the topic and challenge you to look at it through a new lens.

  5. 5. While exercising

    Exercising is a great way to let your brain wander and fall onto new ideas, just like going for a walk. Just make sure to write them down, so you don’t forget them.

    person kneels to tie their running shoes. they are wearing a coat and a hat and appear to be on a bridge
  6. 6.  In the silence

    Take a break and a moment to breathe, while noticing your surroundings and the sounds around you. Silence can calm you down and encourage you to search within yourself for what can be hiding.

  7. 7. In the past

    Going back to older writings, paintings, or anything else may help. I’ve kept journals for years, and I always feel a little nostalgic when looking through them, which then triggers inspiration.  

    two yellow pillar candles with a bullet journal and art supplies
  8. 8. In doing something new 

    Getting outside of your comfort zone opens your mind for new adventures. Perhaps going to new museums or exhibitions can help reel you in a different direction. Being in a new creative space, where perhaps you feel a little uncomfortable, may challenge you in thinking outside the box.