Get Inspired And Release Your Inner Writer Part 1

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Do you get a bit stressed out when you have to get some articles written? If you’re a blogger or a small business owner who has an online presence, you pretty much already know the importance of creating quality content for your site.

Writing is necessary to connect with your audience. It’s also essential for content placement which will help the overall marketing strategy and when optimizing your pages to rank higher in the search engines.

Even if you already know how to write a blog post, this 4 part series will give you some insights on releasing your inner writer. That way you can enjoy the process of writing and not only the consequences of achieving your writing goals.

Get inspired first.

So many people jump into writing when they aren’t feeling the ‘flow’. Every writer dreads that moment where they stare at a blank page and nothing seems to come out. Trying to write without being inspired is like trying to push a stubborn donkey up a hill… It just doesn’t work.

In order to overcome writer’s block, you need to make an internal decision that you will first discover what delights your soul. Forcing yourself is never the best approach. What topics get you excited? What motivates you at the core of your being? Finding the joy in the subjects that you’re writing about will release your inner writer. Joy will get you in the ‘zone’ where the words will pour right out of you.

rolling inspiration

Questions are great stimulators.

One thing that you can do when you feel a bit stuck is to ask yourself questions. Go through the main words: who, what, when, where, why, and how to create questions that are relevant to your topic.
Sometimes I pretend there’s someone right in front of me asking me about that exact subject that I’m writing on. If you’re a good person (which I believe you are), then you’ll naturally want to help others. Envisioning someone asking for help has triggered me into writing several times.

You don’t have to only rely on your own imagination though. There are many reasons why people use online social networking and one of the biggest ones for me is to get inspired to write. When I go to forums and see what people are asking, I get completely motivated to answer them. But instead of answering on the forum, I go into my Word processor and provide the answer through my article. Then later I can go back to the forum and point them to the article that I wrote.

Another idea is to go to places like Yahoo answers and type in your keywords to find out what others are asking.

Inspiration is everywhere.

Many things can inspire your soul to write. Be sensitive to different things that surround you. Sounds, images, smells and music can activate your mind into writing. Sometimes just going outside and looking at the sky is enough. If your physical surroundings are not that inspirational, take a look at magazines, artwork or picture books to spark more ideas.
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Google Images works like magic.

If none of these things are working, you can always use good ole’ Google Images to get the juices flowing ;-).

How? Well… search for images on the topic that you’re writing about. Quickly scan through the results and notice which image touches you in some way. You know the saying:

A picture is worth a thousand words.

Well there have been times when one picture has stimulated me to write over a thousand words.

When you’re looking through pictures, don’t try to analyze too much. This is a right brain activity and analyzing at this moment would only detract from your goal to be moved. Simply allow your feelings to guide you.

The lighting or the color of the image may catch your eye. When you click through and enlarge it, you’ll start to form words and sentences related to what you want to write.

Once you feel that initial ‘spark’, go write out what you’re thinking. When you’re out of ideas for a new paragraph just think of another word that has to do with what you’re writing about and search for it in Google Images. Keep doing this until you have inspired your way through the whole article. This process has worked for me several times and I’m sure it will work for you too.

What about you? How do you get inspired for writing? Have you ever used questions, social media, and images to help you out? We can all learn from each other as writers so please share your experiences in the comment section below.

You can read more about getting inspired for your writing goals in part 2 of this series.

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  1. October 28, 2011

    Raj said:

    You may not consider this: But, lack of money (and the immediate need for it) can also be a good inspiration to sit down and just write! That works only for professional content. Creative writing definitely requires one to write when they are inspired.


    • October 28, 2011

      Eren Mckay said:

      Hi Raj,
      Yes I agree that lack of money can be a great motivator.
      Personally though.. when I think of “lack” it doesn’t inspire me at all…
      Instead, it causes more of an anxiety feeling which leads to lack of productivity in my case.
      Anxiety may move some people to write and paralyze others. It really depends on their personality type and past experiences.
      If thinking of immediate need for money inspires you, then you should definitely do so.
      Inspiration is a very individual thing.
      Blessings,
      Eren


  2. October 28, 2011

    Sanjay said:

    Before writing ask your self how useful your article will be for other people, sometimes we overlook things and end up writing for ourselves. My 2 cents 🙂


    • October 28, 2011

      Eren Mckay said:

      Great tip Sanjay,
      Thinking of others’ always motivates me too 😉
      All the best,
      Eren


      • January 10, 2012

        Kelvin Castelino said:

        But then it depends on what topics you writing for!!
        If you are writing describing the beauty of things and people around, I dont think it will benefit anyone! And I dont think writing is always for some benefits!!


  3. October 28, 2011

    Linda Stacy said:

    I have been inspired by social media. Of course it’s natural to just respond directly on the social media site. So I have to remember to sometimes ask myself if my response would make a good blog post, and if so, use it that way instead. I’m most inclined to turn it into a post when my response starts getting too long for the social media platform. LOL!


    • October 28, 2011

      Eren Mckay said:

      Exactly Linda!
      Even if at first you think your response to the question will be short.. still it’s a good idea to start out writing your response as a mini short post…
      The whole point is to get started. After you begin, you can always add on to it.
      All the best,
      Eren


  4. October 28, 2011

    Roger said:

    I still remember about writing in high school and the only thing I can think about was writer’s block. Great article!

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    • October 29, 2011

      Eren Mckay said:

      Hi Roger,
      Yes we do have a tendency to remember the difficulties 🙂
      I’ve read several books on writing including some composition textbooks.
      I’ve found that some teachers end up complicating the process instead of showing others that they need to get into the “zone” where their writing is flowing.
      Thanks for stopping by.
      All the best,
      Eren


  5. October 29, 2011

    Ryan Critchett said:

    Yo Eren,

    This topic is huge, and is the differentiator between both good writers and not, and effective people and not. I’ve come to understand, and also have a couple really cool references from brain science (a book called “The Winner’s Brain,” among others), that winners, or otherwise assertive, outcome creating people, develop these kinds of internal strategies to stimulate their drive to do things. I agree, inspiration is everywhere, IF you can seek it out and consciously move into a better more productive state. It’s all about consciousness! I firmly believe, simply put, if you manage your mind, you’re gonna be effective.


    • October 29, 2011

      Eren Mckay said:

      Exactly Ryan!!
      I couldn’t agree with you more!
      We need to manage our brains.. which of course includes our emotions and our thoughts.
      I am constantly managing my surroundings. I have never read that book that you’re referring to.
      I really should look into it.
      Blessings,
      Eren


  6. November 3, 2011

    Mel Melhado said:

    In order to inspire others we have to first get inspired and become exemplary. As a writer one has to think of creative ways to inspire and motivate the readers otherwise the article will not have an essence in it.


    • November 5, 2011

      Eren Mckay said:

      Very true Mel,
      Some people are in a hurry to write an end up leaving inspiration to the side.
      I much rather prefer to not think about time and allow things to flow through me.
      I admit to spending much longer than the average person on a piece.. however I’m always happy with the end result.
      All the best,
      Eren


  7. November 4, 2011

    Bess Blanco said:

    Eren,
    I just love how your articles are ALWAYS loaded with valuable, yet entertaining, content! I have learned so much from you, and look forward to learning so much more as I follow you!


    • November 5, 2011

      Eren Mckay said:

      Aaaaww thank you sweetie,
      I’m sure I can learn a lot from you too! The best thing about online are the real friends that I have made ~ for sure.
      Blessings always,
      Eren


  8. November 11, 2011

    Jim Calaman said:

    Hi,
    I like to relax and have a couple of beers when I write. I live beside a park so I have a natural setting and it is very pleasant. Like you, I also use Yahoo answers for ideas and I also answer a lot of questions.
    Thanks,
    Jim


    • November 21, 2011

      Eren McKay said:

      Hi Jim,
      Interacting or just being around nature is always a great setting for getting inspired.
      I remember one day I wrote an entire children’s book in one morning because I went out for a walk and saw the most beautiful tree.
      Thanks for sharing.
      All the best,
      Eren


  9. November 13, 2011

    Akash Kumar said:

    Hi Eren,

    Nice article, the most ideas I get for writing is through questions that people ask others on social sites and forums. It highly motivates me write a whole article about it.


    • November 21, 2011

      Eren McKay said:

      Yes Akash,
      Good people usually get motivated by the desire to help others.
      Blessings,
      Eren


  10. November 15, 2011

    sumaila adamu said:

    thank you for the advice, now I have more trouble finding inspiration to write killer contained


  11. November 26, 2011

    Jim Clary said:

    Thank you for a very inspiring article. I am going to read part 2 in a minute, but wanted to comment. I work with a Marketing team building a business. I am one of the leaders of this team and I take questions my team asks and create content from those questions. It is a great place for ideas.


  12. December 9, 2011

    Noel Addison said:

    Inspirations are everywhere and great factors to stimulate you in writing. Inspiration can be a person, a thing that you really love or your pet :)These things can help you get your own eureka moment for writing! 🙂


  13. January 5, 2012

    Articlizer said:

    Great work on this article. Love the incite. Thanks!


  14. May 3, 2012

    Alan | Life's Too Good said:

    Hey Eren,

    great article – I love writing but always like to read others thoughts about it (I love reading too). One other important point I think is to be yourself.

    Many people put themselves under too much pressure to be a good writer, when, particularly for blogs, just being themselves however quirky or random or unpolished that might be is better than over-analyzing what ‘good writing’ is – that part will then come with practice.

    Just a thought…

    take care & best wishes,
    Alan




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