As a writer, it’s easy to feel like you’ve completely exhausted all your ideas when you need to be creative all the time. The good news is, you can never run out of creativity! As John Steinbeck once said, “Ideas are like rabbits, you get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen”. If you’ve lost inspiration for a project you’re working on, or you’re looking for some tips to get motivated to write, here are some activities you can try that will help you out of that creative rut. 1. Read, read, read Perhaps the most obvious of these tips, reading is a great way to reignite your creativity. Sometimes, the best ideas are sparked from a story someone else has already written. If you plan on writing novels, reading is a great way to help you remember what you’re working towards: getting your own book on the…
Where do you find inspiration? Drawing inspiration from hardship can be very powerful, and can help us deal with our turbulent feelings. We can use our inspiration to work toward helping others, and I think this is the most rewarding path anyone can follow.
Orion Cross My Sky is my next novel in the Clearwater Multi-Author Series, which will be released by Sunshine Press. This novel follows a young man who has trigeminal neuralgia, also called “the suicide disease.” Another of my novels, Meet Me In the Garden, also touches on this subject. When I was diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia and learned I had probably been born with it, I discovered it is a disorder of the fifth cranial nerve that means I have a compressed nerve somewhere in my head. This chronic pain disorder is known to get progressively worse over time.
Whether we are readers, writers, or on a completely different path, I believe that we cannot allow the pain and hardship in our lives to define us. I will not let trigeminal neuralgia define who I am. The main character in my novel feels the same way. I draw inspiration from these hardships by putting them into my writing. My hope is that readers will want to learn more about TN. This is a rare, little-known disorder, and the more people know about it, the higher the chance that sufferers of TN will one day have a cure. Creating awareness for this is important to me.
What is important to you and how do you find inspiration in your life? Whether you are a writer, a reader, or following a totally different path, remember that hardship does not have to define who you are—unless you let it.
Rosa Sophia is a full-time novelist and editorial consultant living in South Florida. She resides in a little cottage by the sea and spends a lot of time staring into palm trees and dreaming. She is also a crazy cat lady in training.
Since it was just lying around on a flash drive, I decided to share the PowerPoint presentation I created for my grad school teaching module last year. A couple of the slides are a little wonky, but you get the idea. I hope you find it useful!