August 23, 2013

Here's How to Get Inspired


photo by lindadaley

I often say, “Write when you’re inspired... and take the time to get inspired.” This week I’m taking my own medicine because inspiration has been lacking. Thinking about getting inspired, with my newsletter deadline looming, led me to creating this list of things that I sometimes do when I'm stumped. I can even do most of them without leaving my desk!
  • Read other people’s articles. I may learn something new that I can share. I may agree or disagree with the author. Either way I've got something to write about.
  • Call a friend or client. You may want to prepare a couple of questions in advance, such as “What puzzles you most about what I do?” or “What’s the biggest benefit you get from working with us?” Or you might just wing it.
  • Think about processes. Write step-by-step instructions that are simple and easy to follow. Use screen shots or images if it makes sense.
  • Review old blog posts and articles. I often find ideas that I can expand on or tangents I haven’t explored.
  • Recall recent experiences. What happened this week that you can write about? What conversations did you have? Who did you meet? What did you learn or read? What did you start or accomplish?
  • Take a hot shower. I don’t know why but, for me, this really works. The problem is that I haven’t figured out a way to take notes in the shower!

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