How to Find Writing Inspiration and Motivation

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Writing inspiration can come from the seemingly most random of places. This very article found its inspiration from a Creative Commons photo I used on a previous post. It read: “I’m totally blogging this!” Is this actually something an article writer or blogger will say? Sometimes, yes.

What Makes Something Worthy of Writing?

You can write about anything. The trick is making it sound interesting and provide some value to your readers. That’s why there are so many writing niches out there.

Whenever something strikes your fancy to write about, make a note of it. It could be taking a picture, sending yourself a text message on your phone, or using some sort of post-it note. If something catches your attention, someone else will probably like to read about it, too!

What’s the Best Place to Find Writing Motivation?

Once you find writing inspiration, where do you consistently find writing motivation? The best way to stay motivated with your writing is to go with what you can write mostly easily and authoritatively. Then, every so often find a way to challenge yourself in your writing. While it’s good to stick to what you do best for the most part, always find new ways to grow.

The best writing motivation comes from finding new ways to grow as a writer and as a person. If you just keep doing the same thing, your writing becomes too predictable. It’s good to switch things up sometimes. But, in order to keep yourself in a rhythm, stick mostly to your strengths. Still, once in a while you must also address your weaknesses – both as a person and as a writer. That makes you look more human to your readers, which is always a good thing.

What Matters Most in Writing: Have Fun and Make Sure Readers Have Fun, Too!

Most people read to have fun. So, you should have fun, too! This means that you can write some silly articles and blog posts once in awhile. You don’t always have to write the perfect piece. It doesn’t have to have the trendiest topic or perfect SEO – aka Search Engine Optimization.

You don’t always have to rely strictly on keyword research and niche considerations when you’re writing. These are great for building your foundation. But, you’re allowed to have fun writing sometimes! It’s posted online, so if your article or blog post under-performs, you can always fix it later.

Yeah, all of those other things are important. But, those other things – SEO, especially – should complement what you’re doing, not define it. Your passion and your own personality must be the things that come first when you’re writing.

So, if you tell yourself “I’m totally writing it,” then you probably should.

Amelia Desertsong is a former content marketing specialist turned essayist and creative nonfiction author. She writes articles on many niche hobbies and obscure curiosities, pretty much whatever tickles her fancy.
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