Friday, January 2, 2009

Finding Inspiration

Finding inspiration for writing can be the easiest thing to do. It can also be the most difficult. What do you do when you are struggling? Where can ideas come from?

Try to find inspiration in every day things. Keep you pencil handy. Write down how you felt when you heard good or bad news. What did you think about when that wonderful aroma emanated from your favorite restaurant, or from the smell of the man's cologne as he passed by you in the hall? Small things can trigger great responses and ideas for a story line. Even if it is just the missing details that you need to set a scene.

Watch people. Learn from their reactions to conversation or circumstances. Imagine what they are going through in their lives at that particular moment. You may be able to find some interesting dialog to use later.

Read blogs, message boards, discussion groups, books, ezines, and the news. Stay current with topics and phrases. This will help you learn what others are interested in.

There are many ways to find inspiration. You have to be open to finding it and have some means of recording it when it happens.

Good luck and happy writing!

Copyright 2008 Lynn Tincher

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The Literary Lynnch Pen is a weekly newsletter published by Lynn Tincher. About Lynn: Lynn was born in the small town of La Grange, Kentucky and grew up in Goshen. Lynn studied Theater Arts in College in hopes of becoming a Drama/English teacher. She has written articles in local newspapers and travel brochures. Now, she is focused on writing novels, short stories and poems. The second edition of her book "Afterthoughts" will be released in April of 2009 with the sequel "Left in the Dark" to be released on October of 2009. She also manages Artist Corner, an artist social website dedicated to help all artists become successful. Her eZine and website provides helpful tips and information. Lynn also provides email list management services. She has partnered with Constant Contact to help provide authors, artists, and small businesses the services to manage their email lists and marketing strategies, eZines, electronic newsletters, coupons and bulletins. Please visit: