What We Write About When We Need Inspiration


Abby Wormsbaker, Staff Writer

The desire to write about how you felt today or the urge to write about what happened at 9 p.m. the night before seems like it would be more simple than writing four pages trying to describe how the sunrise looked this morning — the way the sunlight peeked through the windows and made your living room a shade of gold and orange. But often times it is almost as though picking up a notebook and pencil is the hardest part, let alone what topic to write about.

Here is a list of prompts for what to write about when inspiration is lacking:

  1. Try to remember your earliest memory. Maybe of you running in the park when you were 4 years old or when you dropped your ice cream on the train at the age of seven. How much do you remember?
  2. Write the list of your top five favorite movies and explain why you love them.
  3. Write a letter to somebody you have never met.
  4. Write what you would want to do in a perfect life where anything and everything was under your control.
  5. Write about your favorite color and what that color means to you.
  6. Explain your thoughts about conspiracy theories.
  7. If you could have breakfast with anybody, dead or alive, who would it be?
  8. Write your thoughts about horoscopes and zodiac signs. Does yours portray you accurately?
  9. When was the last time you read a book that made you feel powerful? Describe that feeling, and why the book made you feel that way. If you don’t read, was there a song you heard or a movie you watched? Or was it a quote?
  10. Write about your favorite time of the day.
  11. Write an ideal meal plan for the day. Start by planning a feast for breakfast and go from there. Pancakes and coffee, anyone?
  12. Would you rather move to a different town/state every month or stay in the same town/state for the rest of your life?
  13. Go to Google and search images for “Art from Italy 1800’s” and write about how those pieces of art make you feel. Did a painting catch your eye? Write a story about a painting; make the piece come back to life.
  14. Write about something you want to do when you turn 25. Or write about something you wish you had done at the age of 17.
  15. Write a list of things you love and things you hate. It could be a list involving anything. Notice a pattern?

I hope this list brings you a little bit of inspiration for when you are needing it the most. If none of these spark interest, simply write every thought that comes to mind within the span of 20 minutes. Talk about one topic, merge into another, go back to the previous topic and then end it by telling your mother that you love her. Let it get as messy as you wish.