When do your best writing ideas inspire you?
Sometimes, my inspiration comes at 2 AM and I find myself up 'til 4 getting that story on paper or screen. Other times, by 11 PM, my mind has shut down and I can barely remember why I love to write. Those 2 AM sparks often require drastic changes or complete removal after I wake up later that day. What inspired me at 2 AM may horrify me at 8 AM.
I'd have to say that I am most inspired by what I am writing when I am influenced by strong emotion. Strangely enough, they also occur early in the morning (midnight to five A.M.). I tend to treat it as a way to filter out everything and put it on paper, effectively "putting it out" of my mind.
I can't say that I have a set time, it is just going through life and it's struggles or joys. I suppose a quiet place or quiet time does make a difference with my thinking, and that could be at any hour of the day or night for me. Just write like you write.
Usually when out on a run. Sometimes it also happens while exercising at the gym, mainly because it's the only time I watch TV. Daytime news is fodder for endless hubs!
My best ideas happen at anytime. It can be just by reading a hub, and I'm ready to go into writing mode. I think all the time, so I listen carefully to what others say, and writing ideas come from that. For me it's anytime.
Generally it's after the kids go to bed. So anywhere from 9 p.m. until I am too exhausted to stay awake. That point is usually around 2ish a.m.
Ideas come at all times and under all circumstances, but most often when I'm reading someone else's work.
I usually get my best ideas while on the train. I do a lot of train travel so this works out well. The motion of the train puts me in the right frame of mind and so does the scenery.
I love to write poetry.And i got my inspiration from daily life emotion.When i feel very happy or sad, some though will come to my mind and try to write down it.
I love to cook also.So when i cook some thing new ,I try to share it with all friends.My writing inspiration is my husband, he always praise me to write.
I always take a camera everywhere I go these days, as I find inspiration all over the place. Also I keep a notepad by the bedside for those 2 am moments.
I love it molometer! I have just recently started carrying my camera for the same reason. Like you, I always have a notepad and pen close. I have also started using my phone to jot notes and the voice recorder to record those sudden, random ideas.
Back in college, my writing professor suggested that we do exactly this and to learn to write in the dark. Turning on a light actually causes us to forget our dreams instantly.
dohn there's a technique you can use to program yourself to remember your dreams
I am inspired at night when I would get up right out of bed and jot down the thought or idea lest I forget it in the morning.
Form me, it comes when I am both in pain or joyful. I think strong emotion either way inspires me to write.
My inspiration usually comes at the ODDEST of times! For example, once my sister and I had to take my nephew to the hospital because he was really sick. Once we got there, we saw there was like FORTY other kids with the same symptoms. And they kept coming. Apparently the nurse said it was like that all week long. They had to open the below ground level of the hospital to treat all the kids. From that, I wrote a nice length zombie story.
Whenever something hits my heart & my mind struggles to let it all out...
Mine comes in the morning. AT around 4 am when its quit
Usually when it's least convenient, like in the shower, while I'm driving, when I'm half awake or when its otherwise difficult to stop and act on it. My Muse often wants to see if I'll make an effort to make things happen.
Late night, when everyone else is asleep, is one good time. It often feels like the wavelengths are empty or clearer then, and I can hear my ideas more clearly
And there is a way to program yourself as you go to sleep so that you wake up with ideas, answers to problems and other information that has previously been concealed from you....
I know exactly what you mean. I was saying earlier, I've taken to using my phone to record ideas while I am driving - when that one stroke of brilliance hits me - and I know if I don't record it- I will forget it forever.
I actually carried a tiny taperecorder for awhile, for when I was struck with original tunes
and I'm still waiting for them to come out with waterproof paper for the shower
I get the most inspiration to write during a thunderstorm, or at about 04:00am when the house is silent and everyone else is asleep. Sometimes I get a burst of inspiration right after a workout, but that doesn't happen often. When I need to kinda kick start my inspiration (like today) I go and organize something. It's like the act of rearranging objects and putting them in some semblance of order, organizes the thoughts in my brain and gets the creativity flowing again. It's probably more symbolic than anything, but it works!
Wow..I get that whole organizing thing. I read once that people who have a lot going on in their heads, need their environment to be neat and orderly, otherwise, they can't think clearly.
Indeed! We had so much clutter everywhere when I started writing that I just couldn't think at all. So I rearranged my whole living room and made a small "office" so that I could write "officially." It really made a huge difference!
Organizing completely does it for me - and best of all, the end result is a clear, calm space in which anyone would be happy to work! All those birds with just the one stone! Or something slightly less grizzly...
lol I totally agree buckleupdorothy! My desk is actually right next to my husband's, and there is a VERY stark difference between my nice clean desk and his cluttered one! My desk is very calming, and its actually hard to think next to his! lol
I feel that my best ideas appear to come when I am having completely unrelated coversations with people, or at work so it is hard to get my ideas down. But, when I do I have had some great things come out of it. Otherwise, it appears that random late hours make my mind wander into creative possibilities.
Usually when I'm on a walk I come up with great ideals to write on. My problem, I need to remember to bring a pen to write down the concept, otherwise I tend to forget and miss out on a lot of good writes. But when I do sit now to put to print, it flows through the key board like water.
In the middle of the night when I can't sleep, which is often. I can really get in the zone then. But it screws up the rest of my day.
That's the same with me. I end up waking up in the middle of the night with an inspiration for a painting of some kind. Or, a plot for a piece of literature.
Do you get up and paint/write? That happened to me once with a website.. waaaay before I had any websites.. I got up, logged on, found GoDaddy and it began.. I've never looked back.
Yes, I do! I have been found many times painting or writing at 2 - 3 a.m. or so. My family thinks I am nuts for doing stuff at that hour. But, if you don't do it when that inspiration hits you, then you may miss out on something great!
I find my inspiration is greatest when I think deeply over a subject for an extended period. I believe my sub-conscience is trying to answer my questions through an artistic medium, which may materialize as words or music.
My best ideas come at time when I am usually busy, Like when I am at work...worst time as I work in catering. Then I can not let it go until I have noted it down. I love writing and those moments of inspiration give me a great feeling of well being. then sometime my idea's just seem a little crazy...Still you have to get the good with the bad.....it keeps me smiling....
Im pretty much the same I always seem to get my best ideas just before I fall to sleep, or when i am trying to get to sleep. I have insomnia quite often so will stay awake going through ideas in my head for articles or hubs.
Usually when Im trying to sleep, but also when something important or shocking happens an idea will be sparked. I keep a notebook nearby for ideas, then write more later.
When I feel good. Usually after laughing a lot. Sometimes when I lay down and my mind is free from doing daily things and wanders.
Almost never. I start it by discipline. Then I get inspired as I work.
Mine happens to be around the same time.
Usually when someone asks me a question which in my eyes or thoughts are clear cut such as that other options are totally irrelevant.
The question becomes a challenge. Perhaps I overlooked something. The process of trying to explain to someone else becomes an avenue for growth in that area.
Most of the answers/thoughts/paths/ideas come when I am in the bath tub.
For fiction, in my dreams. Last week, I had a really strange dream, and could do nothing but take the day to write a story from it. And I feel its the best work I've ever done.
For articles, from questions asked by clients and colleagues. That sparks the teacher-geek-explainer-helper in me, and next thing you know, I'm writing step-by-step instructions!
I'm an early hours of the morning writer as well and I really love it sometimes when I get an inspiration that just has to be written down and it keeps me in the zone for a while, refreshing my passion and desire for writing.
The truth is your brain is at its most creative in the morning after a good sleep. Any time I sit in front of the pc before noon the ideas just flood in.
I get my best story and hub ideas at the most awkward and unlikely times, such as when I'm driving, taking a shower, working out, or whenever I'm not trying to come up with any ideas. Other times, I'll watch a movie or read a book and get a similar idea that way. Sometimes, all we need is a little push to get us going (much like a standard car with a dead battery).
I have a hard time driving and not thinking about the next article. I have started to keep a note book on my PDA of my thoughts - only after I stop and park but of course!
by Joan Whetzel 10 years ago
Do you have methods that you regulary use to help you generate writing ideas?
by des donnelly 11 years ago
Do you usually carry a notebook or Moleskine to capture those writing ideas and Why or Not ?
by JamesPoppell 11 years ago
Where do you get your writing ideas?For me it is when I am in the shower. Call me weird but it seems as though ideas come out of thin air while I am showering early in the morning. Ideas also come to me when I am driving. How about you? What activity are you doing when ideas come to you?
by Sam Dolloff 11 years ago
What are some things that inspire you to write?I have read so many interesting Hubs here and I am just wondering where some of you get your inspiration from. Does it come to you at night while going to bed? From something you read? Please share your thoughts thanks!
by Earl S. Wynn 11 years ago
What emotions or ideas are the best fuel in terms of inspiring you to write?
by Micheal 10 years ago
Do have a set routine when writing your hubsFor example to you set aside a certain amount of time to write?
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