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10 Great Sources of Inspiration for Writers

Updated on July 11, 2014

Are you trying to find inspiration for your next book, or article? Well, look no further, I have compiled a list of wonderful sources to help you get started. Let's first of all define "inspiration." According to the Kingdom Style of Writing' book, the word 'inspiration' is the stimulation within the mind of some idea, feeling, or impulse which leads to action; or a divine or holy presence which inspires.

My first book titled, Let the Holy Spirit Embrace You with Poems of Inspiration was actually inspired by God's Holy Spirit as I began my Christian journey through life. It was during those times that the Holy Spirit faithfully held my hand as He uttered words of encouragement, words of life, wisdom, and revelation by way of poetry, songs, and later chapter books. What He uttered during that time in my life (trying times and good times) I wrote, published and distributed to the world.

Oftentimes authors are asked the question, what is the inspiration behind your book or what inspires you to write? For some it may be their life journey, travel to some place, event in life, nature, the list goes on and on.

Below is a list of ten sources of inspiration:

God, the author of revelation and inspiration



In the life of the believer in Christ, the Holy Spirit which is the third person of the Godhead, is the author of inspiration. He enlightens and illuminates.He communicates thoughts, ideas for whatever mission in life. According to 2 Timothy 3:16 all scriptures were given by inspiration of God. All throughout the Bible, God inspired men to write--Moses, Ezra, Isaiah, Matthew, Paul, John, just to name a few.

Pay attention to dreams and visions

Dreams and Visions

Many of my books started from a dream or vision. Dreams and visions convey messages for ourselves, for others, or for the world. Record and watch them flourish into a book or books. One of my visions turned into a three hundred page book and another one turned into a two hundred page book.

Be an observant writer



Be watchful of everything that's going on around you. Do so on the low low. No spying. No stalking. Just watch things around you. You can pick up on an inspiration or two.

Book Cover Art



The scripture behind the artwork in this photo inspired me to write another book still in the writing stages. Ideas for a story, article, or book can come from a piece of artwork or photo you may stumble upon. Thumb through a magazine, go to an art show, or cruise through the Internet, there's bound to come the birth of some inspiration or idea in your mind.

Google quotes and sayings


Quotes and Sayings

Whether they are historical, famous, or inspirational quotes, such are a good base for writing your topic. When you see one that sparks an interest and you can relate to, pick up a pen and start writing your thoughts. Make sure to give the author of the quote his/her credit.

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Journal Your Thoughts


So important for any author or writer is the recording of thoughts, ideas, daily experiences, lessons learned, insights, words of knowledge, dreams and visions into a diary or journal, and watch them turn into books.

Media Inspiration

Current Events

Watching the news, reading the newspaper, or listening to the radio is a great way to come up with story lines for a book. So much is going on provides a great opportunity of ideas for your next writing project.

Read for Inspiration


Through reading, you obtain knowledge and understanding of some subject matter. Hopefully that subject matter is something you can testify to. Having experience in what you want to write about makes it easier to pen on paper.




Family members, relatives near and far all have personalities, successes, failures and drama in their lives. Hangout with them quite a bit and you will definitely get an inspiration for something to write about.

Travel the World


Your Surroundings

Perhaps you are traveling, or sitting on a beach watching the waves, adventuring through the mountains, sitting in the park, walking a trail.and so on. These are great ways to tap into inspiration for your next writing project.


If you enjoyed this hub about inspiration, please comment below and feel free to share your source of inspiration. We'd love to hear from you!

© 2014 Kimberly J


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      Kimberly J 3 years ago from Lovely USA

      Thanks Phoebe D. I'm glad the article helped rekindle a past idea. Now you must get busy (smile).

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      Phoebe D. 3 years ago

      This was rather helpful to help me come up with an idea (well, an idea stemming from a past idea/story, anyway), and these are things you can do in spare time, everyday.

      Nicely worded, and keep up the good work.