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Updated on August 9, 2012

Motivation and Inspiration

Source: Self, Disney World 2009
Source: Self, Disney World 2009

Intro

Many times writers go through a period of Writer's Block. Unfortunately and as frustrating as that can be, writers may need to find a new venue of motivation and inspiration to conquer such a block.

A few weeks ago I had asked the question what inspires and motivates you to write and had an overwhelming response within a very short period of time. I personally want to thank each and everyone that participated in answering that question! Thank-you!

I had also asked if I could quote some of the responses. There were a few that gave me their permission to quote them in this hub and I want to share that with you as well as share what I find both inspirational and motivational.

I hope this Hub will show you ways others become inspired as well as share with you a few tips that might help motivate and inspire!

Source: Self, Devil's Hopyard located in East Haddam, CT
Source: Self, Devil's Hopyard located in East Haddam, CT

Motivation and Inspiration

There are many ways to find both motivation and inspiration. I personally draw my inspiration from my environment as well as from other Hubbers that are mentioned later in this Hub!


Here are some tips to help you become motivated and inspired.

  • Carry a Notebook, Pencil, and even a Camera at all times

I don't mean a netbook or laptop although that may help some. Inspiration can come from anywhere. When you see something that may be inspirational or motivational, take notes without looking at the paper. If you are able and don't come across as creepy, take a picture.

Reason I am stating this is that your initial reaction will come through on the paper. When you look back through your notes as well as the picture, look carefully at your handwriting--was it neat, or rather rushed and nervous, perhaps even skittish and scared. This can give you perhaps a subconscious feel of what you saw.

Source: Self, Disney World
Source: Self, Disney World
  • Set Goals

This may seem as strange way to find motivation or inspiration but it can help you.

For instance, the picture at the beginning of this Hub is from Disney World. My family and I were fortunately treated to Disney World in 2009 thanks to my mother-in-law who had just come back from her 2nd deployment as well as other family who contributed a little extra for spending money. I have to say it was the most magical place I have ever been. I was in complete awe.

How does this motivate and inspire me? The pictures we took are inspiration in itself, however the real inspiration and motivation is that we want to go back as soon as financially possible. By setting this goal, I am very motivated to do my best to help that goal happen.

  • Think about what you love to write about, then look for pictures on the internet and/or in family albums

For example, perhaps you like writing about dogs. If you don't have a dog that you can draw inspiration from, look at pictures and videos of dogs on the internet. Or perhaps you had a dog as a pet when you were a child, look at those pictures through family albums and draw inspiration from those. This will help you to feel motivated to write.

  • Read a book from your favorite author

Again, this may seem a strange way to draw inspiration and motivation. However, one of my favorite writers is J.R.R Tolkien and others that I favor are Edgar Allen Poe, Dr. Seuss, Shakespeare, as well as Homer. This may not seem like a surprise to some that have read some of my writing samples, however, just reading a few pages allows me to draw on the energy of their writing.

Reading what you like can also help you incorporate some of the voice of those that you admire. At the same time can help you find a voice that is unique to you.

One exercise you may want to try is to take a paragraph from a book of one that you may admire, and then completely re-write that paragraph that is unique to you. Continue re-writing that same paragraph until it becomes an entity of its own.

  • Listen to Music

Again, this may seem odd, but listen to the genre of music that you find inspirational. For me, I listen to many, many different types of music. When I am writing poetry, to list a few, I may listen to John Lennon's Imagine along with a few Beatles songs, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, Rolling Stones, Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, U2, Eric Clapton, Metallica, Counting Crows, Beethoven, Bach, John Williams etc. Whatever type of music that fits the mood that I am in and I draw their energy into what I write.

Listen carefully to the Lyrics and perhaps look up the Lyrics on the internet so that you can be inspired and motivated by the spoken words. Take notes on how the music makes you feel.

  • Watch a Movie or a Show

Watch a movie or a show that helps you become inspired for the genre you want to write about. For example, if you love to write about romance, watch a romantic movie and draw your inspiration from there.

If you like to write about cooking, than watch a cooking show to help inspire and motivate you to write.

  • Read other Hubbers!!!! Please continue to read this Hub to the end...you will see those that I draw inspiration from!!

Hubs are a great way to draw inspiration, encouragement, motivation as well as so much more! Read those that inspire and motivate you!!

There are many ways that you can become inspired and motivated. The key thing is when you are dealing with Writer's Block, no matter what, do NOT stop writing. You do not have to write a masterpiece, just don't give up on yourself this too will pass. Never give up on dreams or goals!!!

What Inspires and Motivates Fellow Hubbers

In alphabetical order, below are the quoted responses from those that were kind enough to give permission!! A special Thank-you to Born2Care2001, Rod Marsden, and SidKemp!

Born2care2001

Almost anything inspires me to write but generally I am most inspired by genuine acts of kindness, the awesomeness of nature and the demonstration of love. What motivates me is entirely different. I'm motivated to do what I love most and often that entails expressing my inner thoughts and feelings. When I see them on paper it's as if something unreal became real, it manifested and creation is so motivating. Egotistically, one other thing motivates me. Since I have no biological children, I have a strong desire to leave a legacy through words, spoken or written. Whether I accomplish this is immaterial. The legacy is trying!

Rod Marsden

Getting the truth out there is sometimes a motive. I have also various books out there that deal with the truth in various ways. I get angry when people I know and care about are badly represented and/or lies are being told about them.

SidKemp

The simplest answer is that I love to help people live in peace and love and create success.

As a vision, I see writing as a tide that flows - the state of the world flows into me as I live and connect, and a deep light of Spirit and Soul sends a flood of good stuff back out in reply!

THANK-YOU, THANK-YOU, THANK-YOU--This Hub is for You

I created this award specifically for the people that have been a huge part of my life since I have started on HubPages.

The sun represents eternal hope, no matter what happens in life, the sun will again rise and offers warmth, life, as well as friendship! The infinity symbol represents everlasting unity as friends forever united as writers!

Awards go to...(drum roll)

There are many on HubPages that motivate and inspire me.

However, there are those very special few that have gone way beyond normal means to show me encouragement, support, friendship, and appreciation since I started here a month ago!

I so very much always appreciate the comments, suggestions, votes, and shares and although some on this list do not comment often, they still show me a ton of support in other ways.

And although this award in not in anyways endorsed by HubPages, these select few deserve special attention. I would truly appreciate those that follow me to take the time to read a few of their Hubs and Thank them for helping so many!!!

The list below is in alphabetical order:

Thank-you Billybuc
Thank-you Billybuc
Thank-you Billybuc
Thank-you Billybuc

billybuc

Bill was my very first follower on HubPages. No one ever forgets their first...lol

He has given me unbelievable amount of support, encouragement, friendship, and appreciation!!! I cannot express in words how much he has done for me along with what he has done for so many others!

Not only is he a voice and crusader for those that cannot speak for themselves, he shares many of his very personal experiences, in hopes to help others with their lives. When reading his Hubs, they are always a surprise and I never know whether I am going to laugh or need a tissue because I am going to cry. He is inspiring, motivational, as well as a truly good person...and he does this all with a wonderful sense of humor!!


Thank-you dghbrh!
Thank-you dghbrh!

dghbrh

dghbrh takes the time to read others Hubs, does comment on some however, constantly shares many Hubs with others.

CONGRATULATIONS on Hub number 50 and I am definitely looking forward to seeing more!!!!

dghbrh writes many different types of poetry and is always supportive to other Hubbers whether they realize it or not and is truly a humble person!!

Thank-you Frank!
Thank-you Frank!

Frank Atanacio

Frank has always shown encouragement, support, and friendship through insightful comments. No, I am not bias because Frank and I are from the same state...lol

Frank writes all type of poetry, including dramatic poetry, as well as other types of creative writing.

I personally would love to see him write a crime novel. His careful use of words, can give the reader the impression that they are at a crime scene right down to even the smallest detail, the endings are usually a twist and I am always eager to find out how it ends.

Thank-you IntegrityYes
Thank-you IntegrityYes

IntegrityYes

Integrity shows so much encouragement, support, and friendship in many different ways whether others realize it or not. Most often when Integrity has time, will read through each and every Hub of those he follows. His comments are always witty but mean a lot!!

Integrity writes a lot of poetry and has a very, very unique voice. All of his poetry, if you take the time to read word for word has a much deeper meaning and laced with morals throughout.

Thank-you Josh!
Thank-you Josh!

josh3418

Josh, although was not my first follower, was one of my very first followers.

He has such a fun personality and constantly shows friendship, support, and encouragement to everyone he follows and takes the time to write comments that reflect the Hub that he took the time to read word for word.

Josh writes many Limericks as well as other types of poetry, tributes, and creative writing. His personality shines through in everything that he writes and he definitely has a very fun sense of humor!!!

Thank-you Mhatter!
Thank-you Mhatter!

Mhatter99

Mhatter, although extremely busy, takes the time to show his support and encouragement through reading and commenting on Hubs written by those that he follows!

His comments are always to the point but always have great meaning!

Mhatter writes many different types of poetry, including limericks.

I never know what to expect; some of his poetry is absolutely hilarious and others are so emotionally charged to the point of needing a tissue.

Thank-you Michelle!
Thank-you Michelle!

midget38

Michelle was also one of my first followers and has shown me so much friendship, encouragement, and support. No, I am not bias because she also has same first name as my youngest sister...lol

She has been so helpful to me as well as others and always willing to take the time to read Hubs of those she follows along with leaving insightful comments that reflect the Hub!

Michelle writes many different genres. Her ability at Haiku is second to none and I am always left feeling in awe. Her creative writing always is engaging to the reader and often filled with morals and/or inspiration! She is a wonderful person with a great personality!

Thank-you MLDD!
Thank-you MLDD!

movielardatadare

MLDD, although may not comment often, shows appreciation in other ways. Most of his writing is based on his reflections of his thoughts, feelings, as well as goals.

Although, many may not know, some of his reflections are based on other Hubber's Hubs!! He mentions the name of the Hubber in the title as well as a link to the Hub he is reflecting on within the opening paragraph.

There are several Hubs I have read from Hubbers that I do not follow because of the link he provides. I wish him and his fiance the very best of luck!!!


Thank-you Nick!
Thank-you Nick!

nanderson500

Nick shows encouragement and support through his comments and will take the time to read many different genres regardless of how he feels about the genre and also takes the time to share with others.

Nicks writes about many different things including interesting facts about U.S. History, movie reviews, along with sharing information about U.S. Football for those of you that follow the sport. He has a unique writing style and is full of useful and interesting information!

Thank-you Rich!
Thank-you Rich!

rcrumple

Rich was not one of my first followers, however ever since he has followed me has shown nothing but encouragement, support, and friendship.

He takes the time to read each Hub, word for word, and often looks for a deeper meaning of the written words. His comments are always insightful as well as encouraging and reflect the Hub!

Rich writes many different types of Hubs including poetry, humor, along with creative writing, and food for thought. His Hubs are often entertaining and always engaging. He is good person and has a great sense of humor!

Thank-you Ron!
Thank-you Ron!

Ron Hawkster

Ron was also one of my first followers and has shown a ton of encouragement, support, and friendship! He has always taken the time to comment on each an every Hub of those he follows. His comments are very insightful and always reflect the Hub! He takes the time to know those he follows and appreciates those who appreciate him.

Ron, although is not on HubPages at the moment, writes hilarious Hubs on many different subjects and is a master of capturing accents of those he writes about. I hope that Ron will be back to HubPages soon! Regardless, I always appreciated his support and wish him the very best!


Conclusion

Look to those you admire, look to the resources that you have available, and NEVER stop writing!!! You can do this, Writer's Block is just a pesky wall that in time can be knocked down!!

There are several other Hubbers that were not mentioned in this Hub because they are newer not necessarily to HubPages, however newer to me!! The people that are mentioned in this Hub has been non-stop support for me since I started. I do plan on posting more awards in the future for those that inspire and motivate me!!

Thank-you for taking the time to read this Hub!!! Please feel free to comment!!


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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Patty,

      WOW! Where do I begin?

      First off, I would like to say that this was an incredible way to deal with writer's block! Very creative and unique, I thoroughly enjoyed it!

      Second, the tips you have provided for motivation and inspiration were excellent! My most favorite was listening to music, if you couldn't of guessed it! :)

      Third, the question you asked seemed to gather a lot of positive and thought provoking feedback. My favorite response was that by SidKemp. It was simple but yet also very profound!

      Fouth,

      WOW! Patty, I am so touched, honored and flatered to be among such awesome hubbers in your tribute! I do not feel worthy but am very thankful! You are too kind! Thanks for the award! I love it!

      And finally fiftfh(hopefully I have not put you to sleep yet), This was an awesome hub! I am glad to be following you! You are kind, compassionate and very supportive of my work. I appreciate your loyalty so much!

      Take Care Patty!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Aww....Patty....I'm blushing!! Great to now you, gal! And let's share more beautiful writing moments. You're a wonderful poet and writer yourself and keep it going......there's so much to discover!! Thanks so much and a big hug for you!! And here's to your younger sis too...didn't know we share the same name!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Patty -

      You have gone above and beyond the call for me and you don't know how grateful I am for that. Your insightful poem on war was my inspiration for one of my poems, as you know, and I give you full credit.

      You write with tremendous depth, and always from the heart. Your words blend into visions that go long after the poems are over. They bring out your inner beauty for all to see and indulge themselves.

      The support you have given me is again, above and beyond. I am grateful to you for that, and forever in your debt. Thank you for being a real friend!

      -Rich

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      nanderson500 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Wow thanks for putting me on here! I have been to Disney World a couple of times, that is a fun place. Nearby Universal Studios in Orlando is also nice if you like more intense rides, like me. Also agree with reading favorite authors as motivation.

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      Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Josh, Dag Nabbit, I was in the middle of commenting when I lost power for a few...lol

      You sooooo definitely deserve above and beyond!!!

      CONGRATULATIONS for winning a Hubbie Award!!! I am soooo very proud of you and proud of your accomplishments!!! You are so willing to help everyone and I LOVE your personality!!!

      I am extremely honored that you were actually the 4th person that followed me and have been soooo supportive and encouraging since the very beginning!!! THANK-YOU sooooo very much for taking you time to follow me!!! I am the one that is Honored!!!

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      Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Michelle, No reason to Blush!!! You are honestly AWESOME in every way...I know that you didn't know my youngest sister's name is Michelle, however there must be something in a name and I do mean that!!! I truly cannot express in words how much YOUR Support and Encouragement has done for me!!! You are truly gifted as a writer, and I look forward to the future!!! I LOVE reading your Hubs as well as your comments!!! THANK-YOU for being you!!! *Big Hugs*

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      Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Rich,

      Since you first started following me, I cannot express in words how much I appreciate both your Encouragement and Support!!! I am sooo APPRECIATIVE of the fact that although you had only known me for a very short time, you actually gave me credit for inspiration to a poem that you did !!! THANK-YOU soooo Much for that!!!!

      I cannot express in words what that means to me!!! THANK-YOU sooo much for all that you have done!!! I look forward to the future of writing!!! THANKS AGAIN!!!!

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      Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Nick, Of course you deserve to be on this list!!! You honestly make a true effort to read Hubs even though you don't care about the genre...for example Poetry!!! I truly APPRECIATE the effort as well as the comments!!! You also share Hubs with others and that Honestly means a lot!!! THANK-YOU soooo Much!!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Do you know why people help you, Patty? It is because you are one of the genuine people.....you are real to us....you do laugh....you do cry....you wear your heart on your sleeve and you have a passion for writing. You are kind....you really care about people.....your comments are heartfelt....shall I go on?

      I am honored to follow you and I am humbled by your praise....and I am so very happy that I was your first follower. That's kind of a cool bond!

      Thank you my dear! You are special to me.

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      Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Billybuc, Awwwww...Thank-you soooo very much for your very touching words and all that you have done for me!!! I truly do appreciate it and I also appreciate everything that you do for so many others!!!

      CONGRATULATIONS on winning a Hubbie!!! You DEFINITELY deserved it!!!!! AWESOME JOB!!!! THANKS for being you!!!

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      LOL Im sure Conneticut has nothing to do with you chosen me...Yeah Right! LOL but it's such an honor to be among the great hubbers you listed yourself included.. I'd rather have the Bud..:) Bless you Patty

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      Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Frank, LOL...It is just a coincidence we live in the same state...LOL

      I have truly appreciated all of the encouragement, support, as well as friendship that you have given me!!! I truly do appreciate it!!!! I enjoy reading your Hubs as well as reading your comments, you have such a great sense of humor!!! THANKS soooo very Much!!! :)

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      IntegrityYes 4 years ago

      You are constantly excelling,Patty. I appreciate you for mentioning me and the other fantastic ones. We all rock hard! Many definitely need to read that article often. You also mentioned some awesome solo artists and bands. COO! HAH-HAH! I find inspiration often. You are right. We need it to keep going very strong. ZOOM!

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      Ann1Az2 4 years ago from Orange, Texas

      Patty, great tribute to our fellow hubbers, but it is also an inspiring hub. I enjoyed reading it.

      Voted up.

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      Jessica Marello 4 years ago from United States

      These are all very good and helpful ideas about finding motivation, which is something I need to do right now. Thanks for the advice! And it's so kind how you awarded fellow members who meant a lot to you.

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      Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Ann, Thank-you soooo very much for commenting!!! I truly do appreciate it!! Those that I wrote about in this Hub has been unbelievably supportive and encouraging to me and I cannot express how much that means to me!! THANKS AGAIN for your kind comments!!!

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      Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Integrity, You are always full of joy and have been very supportive and encouraging to me!!! You have also taken the time to go back through my older Hubs and comment on those as well!! THANK-YOU soooo Much!!!! I truly do appreciate it!!!!

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      Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Dreamhowl, Thank-you for taking the time to read this and comment!!! Don't worry, you will find what motivates and inspires you. All good things do take time, but you will succeed...Don't give up!!! :)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      These are very practical tips Patty. There is at least one thing that I can identify with to get over the writer's block and find inspiration to write.

      A wonderful tribute to some wonderful hubbers, some of them I read regularly, all of them gifted as writers.

      I would like to say here that on your part you are a truly a great follower, leaving wonderful comments on my hubs and its great to follow you.

      Voted up, useful and interesting. Sharing this.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thanks for the kind thoughts. Everyone on your list is on mine too. You forgot one... she is in your mirror.

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      Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      rajan jolly, you too are a very, very , very gifted writer...and one that I truly do love to follow and one that I feel fortunate that follows me...I mentioned those that has been with me since the very beginning be sure to be on the look out in the future for I assure you that your name will be mentioned because whether others realize or not, you have been so very supportive to so many, and have shared so much!!! THANK-YOU!!!!

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      Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Mhatter, you are truly gifted with words...although can at times be so few, they mean so much!!! Thank-you so much for being you!!!

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi Patty,

      A very motivational hub and tribute to those followers who inspire you.

      I find when I have writer's block the more I try to write the more blocked I become. For me stepping away works better. I have written poems though on writer's block.

      Voted up and awesome

      Take care :)

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      Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Sueswan, I too have written a poem on writer's block and do agree with you, sometimes stepping away does work!! Thank-you sooo much for taking the time to read and comment as well as for your votes!! I truly do appreciate it!!

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Very well said! Voted up and useful. Thanks for sharing and motivating my sleeping nerves (to write).

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      Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Cris Sp, Thank-you soooo very much for taking the time to read this and comment!!! I truly appreciate the votes as well!!! THANKS AGAIN!!!

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