We writers are surrounded by inspiration in all areas of our lives.
Everyday scenarios and moments provide us with a spark that could turn into a story; a few notes that lay buried in a notebook until rediscovered and worked into a current piece of writing, or expanded upon and turned into a story in their own right.
Inspiration from the internet
The internet is full of inspiration too, whether it is a photograph, a news item, or a fascinating article. You might be struck by the human aspect of a situation, the intrigue of some derring-do, or the mystery of a real-life story. Writers see possibilities everywhere.
Inspiration from other writers
Inspiration can also be gleaned from information about writing. When I read Stephen King’s On Writing, I wanted to sit down and write something after every chapter. The book is not only packed with valuable advice, it made me want to write.
My favourite websites
There are plenty of websites out there that provide this inspiration as well and I wanted to share some of my favourites with you. These are websites or articles that I turn to on a regular basis – sometimes to read an article or story again and again – and are packed with good advice, tips, and rules of the trade.
Melissa Donovan’s website, Writing Forward, is my favourite blog about writing. It is divided into easy-to-navigate sections about grammar, punctuation, and getting published, as well as plenty of prompts to get you kick-started. A short paragraph here doesn’t do the content of the website justice so head on over and take a look. It’s well worth it.
Josh Milo has recently started a website entitled Tiny Lines. He describes himself as a ‘web development nerd and writer of short fiction’. The short stories on his site are minimal and charming and show what can be achieved with very few words. It’s like popping into a moment in someone’s life and popping out again, but with great feeling.
Manvotional is a tongue-in-cheek website (I hope) about all things manly. There is a great bit of advice from the late Jack London on what it takes to be successful as a writer.
Dark Roasted Blend is a website full of whacky, weird and wonderful articles and pictures to fire your imagination. There is no other way of describing it, you need to see it to understand why I like it.
The BBC Writer’s Room has everything you need to work towards submitting scripts for radio and television. Full of writing tips and inspiration, scripts you can view, writing opportunities and events, and how to submit your work. It makes you believe you could actually have your work aired – and you can.
Men With Pens is a website design, development and copywriting one-stop shop. Containing some valuable information and tips about copywriting for the internet, it is also very informative about writing in general. I loved this article about Finding your writing voice and making yourself unique.
Finally, Daily Writing Tips is chock-full of grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary tips – all given daily. You can even sign up for a daily email update if you are really, really keen.
That’s it for now. I have some other favourites too, but I’m not going to tell you about all of them at once. Go and savour these ones for now and come back here for more.
Do you have favourite sources of inspiration? What are your favourite websites for information as a writer? Share your secrets here.