Have you ever felt a deeply about a character you read in a book, or seen in a movie or TV show? Have you ever held your breath from seeing a beautiful scene in photos or in a magazine? Have you ever yearned for a special trinket that brings back memories and wished you had in your possession? Do you wish you could go back in time and change something in your past now that you are older and wiser? These questions evoke passion, yearning and regret, and since we can’t always get what we want, we can use the disappointments or longings in life to inspire us to write.
How many of us have read books and put ourselves in a character’s shoes? Some of us feel like Alice falling into the madness of Wonderland, while others are living an adventurous and dangerous life like a Hobbit on a quest. Can you relate more to the protagonist or the villain? Be inspired by a character you enjoy watching or create your own. Come up with a journey as you search for something within yourself or write about how you could escape the insanity of the world.
Most of us wouldn’t mind being stranded on an island far away from the rest of the world. Describe that ideal place of solitude in a poem or story. Ever wonder what lurks in a barren desert or a lush jungle? Use those jaw-dropping scenes people post on social media to inspire you. Tap into that curious mind when you see places you have never been. We have depths in the ocean yet to explore and a galaxy far beyond our reach. Use such locations to create a whole new world.
Once in a while we will see articles about lost treasures being unearthed beneath the soil or discovered in an attic. Write about what such possessions could mean to you. Perhaps you found a family heirloom or an old photograph. So much history can be told from things of the past. Be the eyes of priceless artifacts and portray the world during their time.
We can’t change the past but we can reach out to others who may need to hear the same advice. Write a letter to your younger self about the things you learned. Revisit your flaws and share how you overcame them. Life is a learning process and we continue to learn as we grow. Write about the better person you are today than you were yesterday.
This thing we call life can give us so many things to write about. We conquer it every day, sometimes taking it for granted without letting it inspire us. If you get a few moments to breathe from chaos, look back at the encounters of the day and put a few on paper.
Written by: Donna J. Sanders
Donna is a freelance writer and blogger in West Palm Beach, FL. She is the author of Ataraxia, Cardboard Signs, and Devour Me.
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