Writers need inspiration. They need ideas… and the motivation to pin them down and convey them with words.
But sometimes inspiration is scarce. There are all sorts of things lurking about to steal your inspiration… stress, self-doubt, fear. They can all leave you feeling like you don’t know what to write.
There are lots of ways to get inspired. Going for a walk can help. Reading something new. Doing a fast write — one of my favorites.
But in addition to these tried-and-true methods, there are some unexpected ways to call forth inspiration… and they might surprise you.
#1 — Let Yourself Get Bored
Being bored hardly sounds inspiring. But if you can’t come up with a Big Idea for the project you’re working on, bored may be just the thing you need.
Plus, it’s easy to come by. Just put your phone down on your desk. Go into your bedroom. Lie on your bed. And stare at the ceiling.
Do that until an idea strikes. It’s counterintuitive, but it really works.
#2 — Do Something Uncomfortable
Playing it safe saps inspiration and motivation.
So every once in a while, try doing something that makes you truly uncomfortable.
Maybe go cold-call 10 prospects… that’s sure to make you uncomfortable.
I don’t know what it is, but there’s something about being uncomfortable that gets the brain stirring… and often not too long after that, you’ll get a lightning bolt of an idea.
I can’t guarantee the results on this one but doing something that stretches you a little bit also builds confidence, so you’ll win either way.
#3 — Change Your Perspective
Do a headstand. Or climb a tree. Find a kid’s play structure and hang upside down. Do something that makes you see the world in a different way.
Then think about the problem at hand and see if anything jogs loose. This doesn’t always deliver, but it’s a simple way to get your mind working in a new way, and often that’s all you need to come up with a good idea.
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Mark Your Calendar
This Friday — Revisiting the fundamentals of good copywriting is a useful thing to do from time to time. In this Member Update webinar, we’ll explore four of the cornerstones of strong copywriting in more depth. We’ll also talk about top content on site, upcoming events, and more. I hope you’ll join me!
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That’s all for now. Make it a great week!