Inspiration in the Mundane

We’ve all be there. You want to write, but nothing is inspiring you. You’re not feeling any particular emotion or have been through an exciting or interesting event recently. So what do you write about? The good news is that there is plenty to write about where you least expect it.

Here are a few writing exercises to get your pen moving. If you write something from one of these exercises feel free to share it in the comments!

Exercise 1

What is your least favorite household chore? Write a poem or short story about a character, not yourself, doing this chore. Use imagery to describe the experience and make it sound particularly awful.

Exercise 2

Choose an item on your desk to write about. What does that item mean to you? Does it help you write? Does it distract you from writing? Is it special to you? If so, what makes it special?

Exercise 3

Write about another person or animal in the room. What is this person or animal doing or thinking? What do they think of you? What do they think of the room? If there’s no one else in the room with you, write about what the room thinks about what’s going on. What has the room seen? What does it know? Use personification to give this room a personality.

Exercise 4

Lay down on the floor and stare at the ceiling. Take note of what the sensory experience is like. Write about someone in the same position. How did they get there? What do they understand by being on the floor? Do they notice a cracked ceiling tile? A water stain? Do they hear the fan? The sound of something coming?

Inspiration is all around us. What in your living space inspires you?

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  1. Reblogged this on Memories and Treasures and commented:
    Since I am a bit under the weather today, and not feeling like writing, or anything else for that matter, how appropriate is it to post this blog about writing from Hampton Roads Writers!? And, no, I don’t think I’m going to write a post about my being sick. Doubt anyone would be interested in that topic!


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