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Finding Inspiration For Creative Writing

Updated on February 3, 2014

From the Movies Came Inspiration

Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't.

Pete Seeger

My wife and I recently saw “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” at the theater. For those of you not familiar with the story, let me give you a very brief synopsis…..man spends a great amount of time “zoning out” and living in a fantasy world.

Of course there was more to the movie, and I found it to be very enjoyable, but I only mention the movie because of the “zoning out” and “fantasy world” aspects. While I was watching it I realized that I do a great amount of “zoning out” myself, but instead of “zoning out” I call it “getting in touch with my creative process.” Sounds much better now doesn’t it?

I have mentioned before in other articles that I have never suffered from writer’s block. Instead, I suffer from the opposite….writer’s inundation….I have too many ideas and absolutely not enough time.

So I write this article for those of you who might need a little inspiration. I write this article for those of you suffering from severe writer’s block. What follows are seven suggestions that might give you inspiration…one for each day of the week…a sort of mini-calendar to get your creative juices flowing.

Shall we begin?

People are a great source of information
People are a great source of information | Source

MONDAY

Head downtown to your favorite shopping area. Find a place to grab a mocha, sit yourself down, enjoy your drink and start watching people as they pass by. Look at their facial expressions as they interact with their friends or family. Try to imagine what they are thinking as you watch them. Try to imagine what is going on in their life at that moment.

I find great inspiration from watching others. People really are, at times, open books. All you have to do is open their cover and start reading.

TUESDAY

Today is research day. Learn something new today, something you have always wondered about but never took the time to learn about. I recently wrote an article about the high cost of organic foods. I had been curious for quite some time why organic foods cost more than traditionally-grown foods, so I took the time to do some research on the matter…and an article was born from it.

Surely there are things you do not know that you wish you did; this is the day to find out. Check out the library or let your fingers do the research online, and then write about it.

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Go boating or kayaking for the first time | Source

WEDNESDAY

Try a new activity you always wanted to try but never took the time to do. Go bowling….fly a kite….visit a park you have never visited….start a container garden….try hydroponics….stretch yourself and find a new experience and then write about it. Even if you don’t write about it immediately after doing it, you will have that experience to draw upon later when you sit down to write the next Great American Novel.

Remember that the more we experience the greater the well of information we can use later.

THURSDAY

Do a casual interview with someone in another walk of life. Go talk to a fireman. Go talk to a police officer. Go talk to a child care worker or a chef. Tell them you are a writer, that you are doing research, and then get to know what it is like for them each day when they go to work. Trust me, they will be more than willing to share with you. People love to know that others are interested in what they do. All you have to do is show that interest and then let them talk.

Go snowshoeing for a great writing experience
Go snowshoeing for a great writing experience | Source

FRIDAY

Sign up for a writer’s workshop. There is no shortage of them; I have no doubt you can find one in your area to attend. What a wealth of knowledge you can find at a workshop. You will be rubbing shoulders with your peers, learning from them, and using each other as sources of information.

Writing is a lonely gig, so why not join other lonely writers and toss aside your loneliness? Share your experiences. Share your triumphs and your setbacks. Share what works for you and what doesn’t work. Make contacts that just might be valuable in the future. You simply cannot lose by attending a workshop.

SATURDAY

Go to a local museum. If you can’t find inspiration at a museum then you aren’t breathing. A couple months ago my wife and I went to the Washington State Historical Museum, and we had a great conversation with a hobby train collector. I knew nothing about hobby trains until that chat; now I have a general background that I can use in a future story.

How many of you have visited an Art Museum? Talk about inspiration! Paintings, sculptures….my goodness, the Arts are food for my soul, just as your words in a story or novel are food for the souls of those who don’t write.

SUNDAY

Attend a reading or book signing at the library or a local bookstore. Make sure that you take the time to introduce yourself to the author. While you are there, meet others who attended. Feel the success around you. The author is successful solely because they have written a book and they are willing to read it in public. By rubbing shoulders with that kind of success, you gain confidence in yourself. In other words, hang with the winners and you will become a winner. In addition, you will be practicing networking at that event. Swap business cards and stay in touch with the author. Who knows what might come of that meeting?

And There You Have It

There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realized until personal experience has brought it home.

John Stuart Mill

Is that enough to get you started? I have other suggestions if you don’t like those seven. Work with another writer on a collaborative effort. In other words, write a story together, or choose a theme and write separate stories about that theme.

Ask to do a guest writing on someone else’s blog.

Pull out an old story that has been sitting on the shelf and start writing it again. Change the point of view, from first person to third.

Go for a walk with a journal in hand. Write down what your senses are experiencing. Detail all five senses as you walk. What are you smelling; what are you seeing; what are you tasting; what are you feeling; and what are you hearing.

Go online and find a picture of a natural setting. Now imagine yourself standing in that setting. How does it make you feel?

I’ve got a million of these so if none of these work for you I’ll be back with more eventually. The point is this: writer’s block can be cast aside and stomped on by experiencing life. Of course we experience writer’s block sitting in our writer’s studio; the world is outside our door but we can’t see it with the computer in front of us. Get up from your writing desk, open the door, and allow life to seep into your pores. I promise you it will work wonders.

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Levi Hersh 3 years ago from Australia

      Finding inspiration for fantasy and other genres... https://hubpages.com/literature/Finding-Inspiratio...

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Deb! It's always nice having you stop by.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Fresh perspectives on things always help. Great ideas!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Again, thank you Rosa. I really appreciate you sharing.

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      Rosa Marchisella 3 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for the great suggestions. Hope you don't mind me posting this article as Writing Tip of the Week on my FB Page on Tuesday, February 25th, 2014.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, it may seem like a silly little game, but for a creative writer that is perfect. Thanks for sharing that and thank you for stopping by even though creative writing isn't your thing. Have a wonderful day my friend.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Even though I'm not a creative writer I stopped by because it never hurts to find different ways to find inspiration for writing and I love reading your hubs. I'll add one to your list...it was a game my mother used to play with my brother and I on long trips waiting in airports...we would pick someone waiting and come up with a story of where he/she was going and why. Silly little game, but it helped pass the time. Reading this made me think of that game.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, I suspect you didn't need an excuse, but I'll be glad to be your scapegoat. LOL Art galleries are wonderful indeed...and I haven't been to one in ages...thank you for the suggestion.

      bill

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      I'm always watching people, so much so that sometimes I don't realise that I'm actually staring at them. Some smile but most frown!!

      Art galleries certainly are great for inspiration; I love art and when we go to study it, we not only find out about the art and artist but also much about ourselves.

      It's also great to listen to people discussing the art in front of them. You get such a range of opinion, from seriousness to bigotry to enthusiasm to laughter, not to mention a load of pretentiousness too!

      I like the idea of still working on the writing whilst having a day out. Thanks for giving me the excuse!!

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Fantastic Monis; I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. Thank you and have a great weekend.

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      Aga 3 years ago

      I gotta zone out more often... :-) Anyway, I am planning on watching "The Secret Life..." this weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, you know as well as I do, you have to live it to write about it.....life of course. :) Take a break; you've worked hard on my hubs this morning. Thank you!

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      I would think the best thing for any writer is to "stop and smell the roses". Just looking at the in passing does nothing for the creative juices.

      As always you have pointed out great ideas for inspiration. Places anyone can find ideas.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad to hear it, John! That's what I write them for. Thank you my friend.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      The great thing about this advice Bill, it is all so obvious and no one can say they can't at least do a few of these. We just have to open our eyes and be observant as to all the wonderful writing material around us. Your regular hubs just keep me focussed and reminding me of these things. Thanks.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Yes there is, vkwok; one only has to open their eyes and be receptive to it.

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      There is inso iration everywhere. Thanks for sharing, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Vellur; I have no doubt that you are experiencing life to the fullest.

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Great tips on busting the writers block. As you say writers block can be stomped aside by experiencing life. Great hub, voted up.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thunder, fantastic! Keep me posted. I'd love to hear how you liked it.

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      Catherine Taylor 3 years ago from Canada

      As always, wonderful hub filled with great ideas. I think I just may finally try out a writer's workshop. Thanks for the nudge.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Christy, I am still somewhat surprised that there are writers who cannot find inspiration, but hopefully this article will help. Thank you for the visit. Hope you are staying warm up north.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you MG! I appreciate you Sir!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      So much better than just sitting in front of the computer ! So helpful!

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      MG Singh 3 years ago from Singapore

      Excellent post.

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      Christy Birmingham 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Excellent. I love how you take us through the week! Yes, inspiration is all around - if only we choose to see it. :) Voting up and sharing.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna....whatever! :)

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      Anna Marie Bowman 3 years ago from Florida

      That just shows how much you know. I am actually a terrible person. *Giggles maniacally to self...*

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna Marie, I love what you said about improving your life as well. Bravo! You are a person I would enjoy knowing. Thank you!

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      Anna Marie Bowman 3 years ago from Florida

      I can't begin to tell you how much I loved this!! Maybe part of it had to do with the clip of Stephen King, but that isn't the only reason! I try to use many of these tactics not just to improve my writing, but to improve my life. I only wish we had a decent museum near here.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, thank you my friend.....genius is in short supply for this writer, but hope springs eternal. :) You are appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, I agree; I can't imagine being a writer not inspired. Thank you for once again showing your support.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Andy, I love your last suggestion....I've never tried that but will now. Thank you Sir!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alicia, I am happy to provide them. We are the perfect match. :) Thank you!

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      I liked your ideas. You are like the eternal spring of hubpages...your ideas never dry up or leave us feeling unfufilled. :)

      I loved the 'pore' sentence at the end. That was a little touch of genius.

      Anna

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      This in itself is so creative. Experience is always with us; we have no excuse. Thank you for helping us realize that.

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      Andy Aitch 3 years ago from UK & South East Asian Region

      Great Hub billybuc. I agree that people-watching is great way to get inspired, as is looking at the kinds of things folks talk about on community forums. Quite often, the most "engaging" things to write about are those topics which stir a bit of controversy, or push a few buttons from folks with opposing opinions. Writing about subjects that arouse passionate discussion can be fun, but they can, at times, get a little heated if not careful. Another way I like to get inspired is to simply go through the alphabet. You'll be surprised at the amount of words/topics that flow using this method ;)

      Andy Aitch

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love collecting suggestions for prompting writing ideas! Thanks for sharing the useful tips, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, you make me smile, and that is a gift that keeps on giving. If I didn't have a notebook you guys might only see one hub per week out of me...maybe that would be a good thing. LOL

      Blessings always my friend

      bill

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, I love watching people ... so interesting! My problem is that I do not suffer with writer's block, but I get so many ideas at inopportune times and have nothing with which to jot the idea down and then later, for the life of me, I cannot remember. LOL I better get that notepad and pen out and have it with me at all times. There's no telling how many great ideas have gone by the wayside. Oh, I cannot wait to share, but I have been inspired by something so very beautiful : )

      Enjoy your evening. Hugs,

      Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lots of workshops around, Ruchira. Just Google it online and you'll find the ones in California....and I hope I never do run out of ideas....thank you.

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      Ruchira 3 years ago from United States

      seriously Bill you never run out of ideas thus, the variety in your writing :)

      i gotta find a writing workshop cause lately I am getting some complexities on my language skills...lol

      voted up as useful and sharing it across!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I do too, Dianna; people really are fascinating. They drive me nut sometimes but never fail to entertain me. :) Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, I taught kids for eighteen years and I'll never run out of things to write about. I hope you do that soon because I know it will be interesting. Thank you.

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      Ann1Az2 3 years ago from Orange, Texas

      Great ideas, billybuc! People watching is never a problem. Also, watching children play can be very entertaining. I volunteer at a Christian school and help with 3, 4 and 5 year olds. I'm sure I will be writing about incidents with them in the near future!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Many thanks for the inspiration, Bill. I do use many of these ideas, especially talking to all kinds of people. I love to listen to their stories and they do inspire!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lesley, hello my dear. How are you this fine Monday?

      Almost all of my writing begins with an introduction and then the article is born. I will hear a quote and I'm off and running....or as a writing exercise I just write a random introduction and then a story is born.....it is an interesting process for sure but one I absolutely love.

      Sending you best wishes my friend. It's always a pleasure having you visit.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hooray Nell! Now that is indeed good news. Get busy on those ebooks and best wishes my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DrBill, that is a kind thing for you to say and I thank you sincerely. The feeling is mutual.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheila, there are times I'll forget my notebook and then I'm cussing myself out all day long. LOL...can't trust my memory any longer I'm afraid. Thank you my friend.

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      Jane Arden 3 years ago

      Excellent advice as usual Bill. I love the one you chose for Sunday. Success does rub off on us, I'm sure of that. I don't so much as suffer with writers block, I did think I did. But now reading your articles on this subject - I realise that I have many ideas, but sometimes find it hard to write the first sentence about the idea. Not sure if that's a good thing or not. Once I have conquered that there's no stopping me. Although sometimes I have to start half way through my idea and then double back on myself. Then it flows. -----I am dying to see that film by the way. I love the idea of it. We all have a 'me' that we think those around us see and then we all have an actual 'me.'. Bit like the first time we listen to our voice recorded for the first time. It makes us cringe, we're like, 'thats not me.' lol

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      That's brilliant advice billy, and it just suddenly dawned on me that actually I have a whole box full of old stories written on paper that I can write into an ebook! how the heck did I forget that? it was when you said about talking to a fireman etc I suddenly remember my stories, one about a police case! I am going to get organised, and find the darn things! thanks billy, nell

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Excellent group of prompts, cleverly packages. It is a pleasure to be your follower... and admirer! ;-)

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      sheilamyers 3 years ago

      These are some great ideas I'll have to remember so if I ever get a block. Like Will Starr, I carry a notebook or some paper to jot down ideas because I never know when an idea will hit me.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well thank you Rose. It's nice having you stop by. I'll be by to visit you shortly. I hope all is well with you and that your career is progressing nicely.

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Great range of suggestions, Bill! There is something for everyone, and there are enough ideas here to keep any writer busy for weeks. Thanks for the resource!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      savvy, thank you for commenting. Comments help me to know if I am being helpful and giving useful information. I do appreciate it.

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      savvydating 3 years ago

      I love that you broke the suggestions down into seven days. I'm the sort of person who gets overwhelmed by too much material, I suppose... It's wonderful how you're so engaged with every aspect of life--no sullen brooding over the typewriter for you! Well, it's researh day. I'd best be on it! Thanks again, Bill for you consistent helpfulness. Up & useful.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, thanks Heidi! It really was great for the region; it really pulled people together under one banner and gave off some feel good feelings that were much-needed.

      Have fun at the Art Institute!

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      Heidi Thorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

      Whether for creative or commercial writing, these tips are awesome! I've been wanting to go back to visit the Art Institute of Chicago... just because it's an amazing place I haven't been to in decades. Now I can go with the purpose of writing inspiration. Thanks and have a great week! BTW, kudos to the Seahawks and their fans on yesterday's Super Bowl win!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      lifegate, there is always that last step in the process, isn't there? LOL Best wishes with your writing my friend, and blessings always.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Eddy. I love inspiration...and if I deliver that then I am a happy writer.

      billy

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      William Kovacic 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      "Finding Inspiration For Creative Writing" - you certainly delivered, Bill. Now all I have to do (well, maybe not all) is mark my calendar and get busy. Thanks for the inspiration.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      All your hubs Billy are inspirational in themselves and this one gets the job done wonderfully as always. Voting up as always and wishing you and Bev a great day,

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      awordlover, thank you my new friend. I appreciate it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh my goodness yes, Will. There are some fascinating people out there....and an incredible world to observe...we just have to open our eyes and watch. As for the notebook, believe me, I understand why it is needed. I'm there too my friend.

      Thank you Sir and enjoy your week.

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      awordlover 3 years ago

      Like you, writer's block has never been a problem for me. This is great info for those who either do suffer from writer's block, or who want to try a different approach to their already established style of writing. Voted up and shared.

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      WillStarr 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I try to carry a small note pad with me because I get ideas all the time from just listening to others. But I have to jot it down right away lest I forget it. There were dozens of good stories now lost forever because I tried to rely on memory.

      Good Hub, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure Flourish. Thanks for taking the time to support me.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Aww, Sheri, I'm sorry you are going through that mess. Best wishes my friend and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      All great suggestions Sha! Like you, when I walk away from something for a few minutes then it comes to me. The brain just needs a break now and then. Thank you always.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Although I don't suffer from writer's block, these are good ideas to keep ideas fresh and writers motivated. I have never even thought about a writer's workshop or attending a book signing. Thanks for those suggestions.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I agree with your last line, Donna! Writers must be in touch with the realities around them; once we find that connection we will never lack for ideas. Thank you!

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      Sheri Dusseault 3 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      I love your opening quote and leaning the hard way how very true it is....(heating oil leak from my gas tank, and my house is now a construction zone and will take two months too clean up...thank god for insurance but "dirt" is not covered)....yup....read the fine print indeed. Great article Bill.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, I don't suffer from writers block, but sometimes is takes much pacing and thinking to come up with the right description for a scene. Sometimes it'll take me two days to write one chapter. When I get stumped, I walk away for a bit, then it comes to me. I usually go outside when this happens. Breathing fresh air, stretching my bones, listening to nature all help to get the creative juices flowing. Sometimes even turning on the TV for a few minutes helps.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, I suspect you don't zone out nearly as much as you claim....but thanks for the smile, I'm glad I provided a laugh, and have a productive week of work my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And on and on and on, Nadine! I know the feeling. :) Good luck, then, with time management. LOL

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Angels PS....spring???? Some brief snow flurries this morning but now just cold. A perfect day to write....but then they all are.

      hugs and thanks my friend

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, you are always good about sharing a laugh...old people love to share their stories, and if they think you will listen then they are a good judge of character.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh Joelle, I'm not afraid. I have spoken many times to groups.....but speaking to writers....I'm not sure anyone would show up to listen. :)

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      Donna Brown 3 years ago from Alton, Missouri

      I think this has been an excellent article for those who have difficulty finding inspiration. Like you, I also do not have trouble finding inspiration. I too am inundated with ideas, and I think that it is helpful to others if we demonstrate as you have done here some of the processes that we use to develop our skills at finding inspiration. As you well know, finding inspiration comes from practice just as anything does.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Give it a try, Susan; there are some great stories out there waiting for you to write....and oh yes, what a game!!!!!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Randi, I'm all about discipline...thanks for taking the time to visit.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, our best stories have not been told yet. :) Thank you and have a great week.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE...hopefully someone can use these ideas.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Don't be afraid. Start small. I am working on a presentation for end of March for 17o educators :-) But that one will be in French :-)))

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Bill, thank you for the laugh, loved the quote, just had to read it out loud to the other half. :) I guess like you, inspiration comes easily to me, the problem is finding the time and organizing myself, I'm far to easily distracted. Zoning out is my default mode, handy for writing poems. Great tips. My best to you as always.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Love your idea but like you I suffer more from writer’s inundation. I have several folders all with articles on different topics that need editing and images. Like: The self employed housewife chapters and the short stories about the characters from my novels, and then the research topic articles. Not enough time!!

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks for all these ideas and tips Bill. I've always enjoyed people watching but never once thought of watching them in this way before. Interviewing people sounds right up my alley too but again not something I would have thought of doing on my own.

      Thanks again and have an Awesome week. Oh and What a game that was eh! YEAH SEAHAWKS!!!!!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Interesting breakdown, Bill! I like it as much for discipline as I do for inspiration! Thank you! Have a great week!

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      Some good ideas here as always. I think we have so much material in real life to write the best .

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Finding Inspiration For Creative Writing is a well advised and informed hub your idea are to the point and most effective

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Bil Good morning I hope all is good with you and Bev and of course the 'chicks'

      it is spring here.....for a bit anyway.

      These are such practical tips. Often ideas are just waiting to be discovered. We just have to be receptive to them...

      Thanks for sharing this as usual. :D

      Angels and blessings and all are on the way ps

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Terrific ideas! Even having no trouble with writers block it sounds interesting, but I think I have always read people. Old people always spilled their guts to me as a kid too...hm that might make a good story! lol Maybe because I was the only one quiet enough to listen to them...boy have I changed!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Graham, thank you! I wonder if Guinness will mention me in their record book. :)

      bill

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      old albion 3 years ago

      Hi Bill. Congratulation on the most brief and informative synopsis ever. Great hub as usual.

      Graham.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You and me bothy, breakfastpop....and I do it quite well. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joelle, I would be afraid that nobody would show up. LOL Thank you for your kind words.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, as always greatly appreciated. Thank you my friend and have a superb Monday!