You sit down to a blank computer screen or a pen and paper to write a blog post or whatever that you do, where do you draw your writing inspiration from? Where do you start?
We know that content and consistency are the king and queen of blogging. But how do you please your readers when you do not have any ingenious ideas for a post? Coming up with new ideas every single time is difficult. In this post, we share some tried and tested strategies used by our Write Tribe members for coming up with great blog post ideas.
Writing Inspiration Ideas
a. Friends and Family
Aesha says, My inspiration is my daughter. I started writing about my parenting experiences and challenges. Otherwise, I maintain a daily journal since I was 8 years old.
Suja: My inspiration was always my daughter and my mom. I love women who don’t settle with their parenting priorities. My mom is one of a kind. I always admire her. I expected, one day my daughter would be proud of me like I am proud of my mom..This thought inspired me to start blogging with the niche as I always admired of. That’s how Passionate Moms was born.
Vasantha Vivek: My inspiration for writing was my dad who used to write the diary every day. He will make us write some few lines daily. I still have the collection of his letters to when I was in a hostel during my engineering studies. Later my reading and my thirst to be noted made me write in college magazines. Then my student friend Vidhya from VVK – good blogger inspired me for My Sweet Nothings. And now anything, anybody, everything, everybody inspires me to write.
Shilpa Gupte: My inspiration for writing used to be my pet Chikoo. In many a post, he was my muse.
Geethica: My biggest inspiration is God. The happenings around me have always fascinated me and when I understand the reason behind it, I want to share it with the world. Other than that, my kids are my inspiration. When you are deep in stress, look at them. They have all the solutions. They just smile and let it go. And when kids give you stress, God has other answers to calm you. The more I write the more I am getting answers to my happenings in life. God has all the answers. It’s just we need to keep watching
Lata Sunil: My blogging inspiration is other passionate bloggers like Corinne. I see her stick to schedule 95% of the time. Others are Sudha G, Damyanti, Sreesha Divakaran, Tulika D Sid. I like the uniqueness they bring to their posts. Sudha does loads of research for her posts which she tells like a story. I love to read them. Damyanti – sheer doggedness in perfecting her stories. I need that patience. Corinne – time mgmt. Her posts are always short and inspiring without being preachy. Sid – heartfelt posts and some good stories. Sreesha writes like a writer. I need all these qualities.
Shinjini: There are a lot of bloggers whose dedication and efforts I admire – Sid, Shreesha, Shailaja, Corinne, and lots more!
Vasantha: I would like to mention Corinne, Anamika, Shailaja, Sid, Vidya Sury, Vaishali, Sudan Sharma, Bilna Sandeep, Kala, Menaka and many are my inspiring bloggers always.
c. Free Write
Damyanti: I don’t know if I have a blogging inspiration. I think I write pretty much what I feel like, when I feel like. I’ve made some fab friends via my blog, so maybe that’s my inspiration for keeping the blog going. I like to listen more than I speak, and I love it when people get into discussions in my comment section.
Apeksha Rao: I didn’t really have any inspiration either. I write what I feel like writing. After seeing other blogs, I’m getting inspired by the sheer commitment that the bloggers, especially our tribe show towards your blogs.
Shinjini: My creative practice and little daily rituals inspire my world view and my writing.
Reema: For me, inspiration strikes in different ways. But most are drawn from daily life. Some from mine others what I see. I try to imagine what if.. And then end up writing something. Off late I have been posting poems on Instagram the inspiration for which is drawn from any random picture in my gallery.
Kala: My creative juices start churning when I see, hear or read something unusual, weird or funny. Good books and articles inspire me. New trends, old practices, catchy phrases/quotes, sometimes even a Newsline I hear can inspire me to do a post.
Shilpa Gupte: For fiction and non-fiction I find inspiration from life and some people whose personalities and characteristics strike me as unusual.
Amrita Misra: I always try to find something which is useful for my reader and which motivates me too.(That’s my Why I blog )I have been writing on my blog from Oct or 2014.It’s an online adventure.
Vinay: My biggest source of inspiration is reading. I love getting lost in fictional worlds. Inadvertently, it has an effect on my writing too.
f. Blogging Prompts
Vinay: Another source for inspiration is memes and prompts like Friday Reflection, Monday Musing, Wordless Wednesday. They help a lot to free thoughts. Tags are wonderful too to break a block.
Anamika: My inspiration is Monday Musings writing for which has been a part of discipline for me. Every Monday I just have to sit down and blog.
I write because I cannot not write. If I have an idea circling in my brain and I can’t get it out, it begins to poison my waking existence, until I’m unable to function in polite company or even hold a simple conversation. – Jodi Picoult
What do you think? What are some of your effective ideas that bring your escaped writing inspiration? Let us know.
When my spirit sags………
As you know already, you don’t have to blog on the prompt. You can add your post/s from this week too.