Professionally speaking, I have mostly written academic type works during and since college. Academic writing is something that has always come naturally to me, and I have always done well in. College was filled with technical writing courses, chemical writing, lab reports, theoretical math reports and so on.
I still thoroughly enjoy academic writing and always find excitement when a new client hires me to write their papers or edit dissertations and proposals. I love ripping apart a topic and writing a comprehensive report for someone full of detailed research.
But the thing about academic writing? The topic is always known. If you are writing a paper about the chemical reactions of cocoa beans roasting, it is obvious what your topic is. Everyone I work for, the topic is known.
When it comes to creative writing, blogging, or freelance writing, the topic is completely up to you! Which is honestly the best part, right?
With that comes a need to find writing inspiration and creatively crafting a topic for your readers. I find this part to be the most rewarding and a good creative outlet for all the academic writing!
But, finding writing inspiration can actually be hard! Especially if you are in a slump, stressed out, feeling overwhelmed, or just blank.
How do I find writing inspiration?
This is actually the biggest form of writing inspiration for me. I can be sitting inside, completely blank, then pop outside for a walk and suddenly I am flooded with ideas. I always make sure to take my phone with me because I end up writing notes most of the way.
It is such a great way to clear your head and see God’s beauty all around!
I mean look at this tree I saw on my walk just this foggy, chilly gray morning. I wish I had my good camera out because this was an awesome sight too see. I immediately felt inspired and full of ideas! It was so invigorating for me. Walking around my neighborhood also provided writing inspiration for this post!
My husband and I love taking really long walks at the park downtown on his days off. It is a 4 mile trail, but the nature scenes it supplies is endless. I am that freak who stops every few minutes to stare at the trees and take about 100 pictures! The park is next to many horse fields and hay fields, so the scenery is also inspiring. The picture below I took last weekend on our walk. This picture reminded me of Christmas and I was immediately filled with Christmas ideas and posts!
The Bulldog?? Yes! It may seem strange that Ruger can produce some writing inspiration, but he always does. If I am feeling overwhelmed or bored with writing or doing a blog post, I stop everything and go hang out with him. I think his sweet happiness and energy is what sparks some creativity in my mind. Plus being around such a happy go lucky guy is always fun! I always try to take a break in the middle of the day to go outside and play fetch with him. It is good for both of our souls!
Even as I write this post, he is below my feet chewing on his bone 😉 He is definitely a big part of the Chemistry Cachet team! p.s – follow us on instagram for more bulldog pics 🙂
I actually dislike shopping in the general sense. I purchase most things like clothes, shoes, or other essentials online. But amazing places like TARGET, Michaels, Hobby Lobby or other cute little places like this and my writing inspiration abounds. Especially target. Every time I walk in during the holidays (after having a slight heart attack from all the amazing things), I feel like I may burst with inspiration. Even if I don’t buy anything, just looking around always gives me an idea for a new recipe, a DIY, or even gift ideas. Those all translate into awesome writing inspiration for the blog.
For instance, on a trip to target a few months ago, I spotted this really pretty tray. It was almost marble looking, with gold handles and small enough for a desk or coffee table. I thought wow, that’s cute! It was $25.00 though and I thought hmmm, I bet I could make my own version much cheaper. That is how the inspiration for this DIY $5 marble tray was born. Everyone asked about where I bought I decided to write out the tutorial for everyone. It was so easy!
Along with shopping at modern stores, I am a huge fan of antiques and thrift stores. I LOVE browsing around at great projects people have done and getting ideas on how to make my own. I also love to buy things that need some TLC. It is great writing inspiration because I almost always produce a tutorial of some kind, like this refurbished lantern I did. This lantern even inspired our DIY pergola.
Obviously, this is a source of writing inspiration for many people, but I only recently started using it like that. I don’t actually get writing inspiration for written posts or topics though, I browse pictures and always have ideas pop into my head.
My enchanted autumn board and Christmas board are a few I just add my favorite pictures too and whenever I need a boost, I just pop over and look at the the pretty things 🙂 Speaking of my Christmas board, the beauty of all those pictures created some writing inspiration on an awesome post coming soon! (hint: full of beautiful Christmas vintage beauty!!!)
I wouldn’t be a writer of any kind if I didn’t mention this, but it is absolutely TRUE! I think more so than the coffee shop for me, it’s the location of the shop. I find downtown little coffee houses the best, especially in an older part of town or something vintage. After that long walk my husband and I take, we always stop downtown to get some coffee. I love the town I live in because they have really preserved the historical ambiance which makes this little coffee house the best place to find writing inspiration!
So, where do find daily writing inspiration or inspiration to do what you do? If you would like to see my daily inspiration, follow me on instagram 🙂