How Do I Stay Inspired To Write – 8 Tips Inside
What Is Inspiration?
By: Pierre Fassbender of Sportystation
Inspiration can be defined in many ways. The Free Dictionary defines it as a “stimulation of the mind or emotions to a high level of feeling or activity, a product of your creative thinking and work.” According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, “inspiration is the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.”
These definitions relate directly to the state of mind we need to be in to stay relevant as writers/bloggers. I have asked this question many times and you’ve probably done the same. In the midst of the highs and lows, how do I stay inspired?
How do I stay inspired
Different people have their own strategies that help them stay inspired. These range from positive affirmation to actual step by step actions that they perform. Below are 8 tips that have consistently worked for me and have helped me stay inspired to write, no matter the circumstances.
1. Believe in yourself
It takes a lot of guts to believe that you have something to say that someone else, matter of fact the whole world would be interested in reading. The moment you decided to become a blogger, there must have been something in you that made you believe you can do it. Hold on to that “something”. Don’t doubt your abilities for a moment. If you don’t believe in yourself, how could anyone else believe in you?
2. Keep an open mind
Open your mind to things outside of your comfort zone or the things that you are familiar with. Be aware of the world around you. Look for inspiration and ideas from your surrounding. There’s always something going on around you that is capable of giving you a different perspective from what you are accustomed to.
I have received ideas for some of my best blog posts and poems through things happening around me. While everyone else didn’t even give it a thought, my mind was at work putting the story together.
3. Become an avid reader and learner
This is a core part of blogging. Our readers depend on us to give them accurate and reliable information. This automatically means that we have to research information that we use. No matter how much knowledge and experience you have in your chosen niche or topic, there are always new things to learn.
There is no running away from reading if you want to stay current and relevant. Another advantage is that the more you read the more resources you have to draw ideas and inspiration from.
4. Network both offline and online
Online networking is being talked about quite a lot, but less emphasis is placed on offline networking. Online networking helps you instantly connect with and learn from a larger number of people, but offline marketing can yield great results if well planned and implemented.
Great ways to build an offline network are by joining local outreach efforts or joining your local chamber of commerce. You can approach the leadership about being part of a skills fair or other related activities. Helping other people can be very inspiring. You may also have the opportunity to showcase your website.
5. Ask for input from your readers
It’s a great strategy to ask your readers to suggest topics they will like you to write about. This serves multiple purposes. First it helps you specifically target their need. You are focusing on a topic that they are hungry to read about. They anticipate it, they can’t wait to read it. Another benefit is that you may receive suggestions you will never have thought about on your own. I can’t imagine anyone not being inspired by great reader suggestions.
6. Learn the signs of fatigue
It is very important to recognize when to step away from your computer and give yourself a break. As much as you are eager to complete that next post, resist the temptation to keep pushing when you know you are totally sapped. It is difficult to be inspired to create if you are burned out and unable to focus.
7. Set realistic goals and expectations
Any time you set obvious unrealistic goals or expectations, you set yourself up for failure. Nobody likes to fail to achieve their goals. Setting reasonable, piece by piece and measurable goals set you up for success. Having an all or nothing approach may be discouraging if you don’t get it all done.
It’s best to break your goals down into smaller “mini” goals. This will ensure that you are able to measure your progress and actually feel a sense of accomplishment. Achieving success is inspiring, lack of success on the other hand is discouraging.
8. Think of the end result
Always remember your destination, the finish line. Having a vision of where you’re headed helps keep you inspired. It can be in the form a picture of your mentor or just a writing on a chalk board reminding you of your goal.
For me, there are few reminders.
“Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain”- the prayer of Jabez (1st Chronicles 4:9-10).
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“You Will Never Change Your Life Until You Change What You Do On A Daily Basis.”
“Discover The Power Of Candi (constant And Never-ending Daily Improvement)”
Find something that inspires you to be the best person and writer you can be. Create the right environment so that you can stay inspired. What inspires you as a person or writer?Leave your comments below and feel free to ask questions or suggest topics.