The hardest part of the writing process can often be narrowing down what it is you actually want to write about.
I know, I’ve been there. Take this post of instance: I mulled over around 20 different topics to make my first post about before settling on inspiration.
It can be difficult to determine what truly inspires us. Whether it is our families, friends, religion, food, work, etc. — we all approach life from different directions. Each direction has its unique characteristics — and challenges.
However, that does not excuse us from brainstorming and hammering out what it is that truly inspires us. Then, and only then, will we be able to succeed in putting ink to paper (or fingers to keys, to screen…whatever).
So, here are three questions every writer needs to ask themselves to determining what inspires them, allowing the freedom to create and write to their heart’s desire:
1. What do you do?
This is perhaps the most common question you would ask another person upon meeting them. However, it can also serve as a good jumping off point for your writing success. Many people are experts in their field, yet don’t even realize it.
Let’s suppose for a minute that you are a chef, for instance, at a local restaurant. You have been working as head chef for the last 10 years, and have learned a thing or two about cooking. The restaurant’s clientele rave about your food, bringing in a steady stream of locals and out-of-townees each month. Each of your recipes are personally crafted to fit your flare and culinary acumen.
Hopefully, by now, you have already figured out that you need to write a cookbook. SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? Do you really believe you don’t have anything unique to offer to the culinary community? Believe me…you do.
2. What gets you out of bed in the morning?
Another way to ask this question is: what are you passionate about?
For some of us, it could be our careers. However, most of us have a drive to achieve something greater than ourselves.
So, whether it is a passion for skiing, art, political or social activism, computers, television, movies, etc. — write about it. You may be an expert and not even realize it.
In Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers, Gladwell posits that it takes an individual 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert at something. Whatever that thing may be, if you are passionate about it, you are most likely already an expert on the subject. So, get writing.
3. What gives you the greatest joy in life?
Now, before you mistake this point as being the same as passion…let me explain.
While these two areas of your life can overlap, they have some stark differences among their similarities.
For instance, I am really passionate about writing and editing. Even more specifically, I am passionate about writing and editing content beneficial to Christians and church life.
However, this isn’t what gives me the greatest joy in life. The two most important things in my life are my faith and my family. While there is overlap between my passion and my joy, the two are not always synonymous, and I often have to put my passions on the back-burner to cultivate joy.
So, determine what it is in life that gives you the most joy. It could be something completely different from your work and passions, or all three could overlap into one big ball of awesomeness.
That’s it. Those are the three questions every writer needs to ask themselves when trying to find inspiration. When you determine what inspires you, the sky is the limit. What are you waiting for? Get writing!
If you are lucky enough to have already figured out your inspiration, but are looking to know more about me, take a look at my about me page to view the services I offer to writers of all fashions. Or, if you already know enough and are wanting to take your writing to the next level by getting an editor on board with your project, click here.