11 Unusual Sources of Inspiration When You Don’t Feel Like Writing

Sometimes the best stories don’t come from what you read.

Erica Martin
Jan 15 · 6 min read

Enjoy a new experience

How to do it:

Talk to strangers

How to do it:

Keep track of your dreams

How to do it:

Spend time on another creative hobby

How to do it:

Think about your previous failures

How to do it:

Visit museums and art galleries

How to do it:

Check trending hashtags on social media

How to do it:

Get in the water

How to do it:

Do something physically challenging

How to do it:

Look up interesting statistics and data

How to do it:

Listen to legendary movie soundtracks

How to do it:

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Erica Martin

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Teacher at heart with a special interest in law, fitness, health, and writing. An all-around nerd who likes to experiment with new things.

The Brave Writer

The next generation of writers breaking barriers together.

Erica Martin

Written by

Teacher at heart with a special interest in law, fitness, health, and writing. An all-around nerd who likes to experiment with new things.

The Brave Writer

The next generation of writers breaking barriers together.

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