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Inspiration is the idea or thought of something.  Like, it could be a new idea for a story, not very big, but enough to work up to something great. Inspiration can come to us at any moment, on a walk, in a class, tending a garden, visiting a cemetary, cleaning dishes, reading, writing, playing with a pet, just in our everyday life.  But I have included, on this page, just a few ways that make it easier to be inspired, and how famous authors of the past have gotten inspired.

The well-known famous author "Edgar Allan Poe", used to sit in graveyards at night, just to get ideas. It may sound strange or even pretty creepy to you, but in fact, Cemetaries would be an excellent place to get inspiration. There is just something about how cemetaries are peaceful, quiet, and while sitting in them, you feel like you can think easier.

The way I normally get inspiration is by drinking caffeine. Like coffee, or hot chocolate. That is why you hear of many famous authors sitting in coffee shops, writing. Because the coffee helps them to think and thereby, to write well.

People always say that pacing helps you think, and it really does! I find that pacing clears my mind and helps me think about my story, to where I can see it play out clearly in my mind. It is another way to help you get inspired.


Try turning off music if you feel you just cannot concentrate.  Sit in a totaly quiet room and keep a notebook or your Story Notebook with you.  Sometimes having a pencil or pen with you gives you ideas too.

I would hurl words into this darkness and wait for an echo, and if an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight, to create a sense of hunger for life that gnaws in us all.  ~Richard Wright, American Hunger, 1977

I find that listening to Celtic music helps give me ideas, because it can be many different moods. Sad, happy, graceful, grieving, uplifting, hopeful, and dancing music. There are so many ways to be inspired by Celtic or Irish music, I say, it works ever time!

In my own writing expeirience, I get more inspiration in the hours of night. Around 11:00 to 2:00 is my best thinking time, and I sit in my room with my laptop, opening my mind to possibilities, and the ideas just seem to come to me. Sometimes though, it can be a little harder than that. One suggestion for that is to read a good book, or one you just like, very carefully, and a lot of times, the ideas just come to you while reading.