5) Reread your favorite fiction novel from high school.
The combination of nostalgia and inspiration alone make revisiting some of your favorite or most memorable assigned reading, worth it. Having done this myself a few times, I am struck by new insights and I'm also challenged by either how my perspective has evolved or, affirmed on why this was a beloved novel of mine. This is also a tangible reminder of the long lasting impact the written word can have on one's life.
4) Purchase a writer's box of prompts from your local bookstore (or online).
Visit your local bookstore and purchase a box of writing prompts, designed in game form, to encourage the fun in bringing your ideas to life. Although you could also purchase these creative boxes online, a trip to the bookstore also adds an element of inspiration to act on your new purchase.
3) Become active on Twitter!
What? Social media? Absolutely! What I appreciate about Twitter, specifically, is that you are forced to distill your thoughts to a 140-character limit (which no longer includes handle names or attached content) to express what's important in each tweet. This unique expression in social media is a great tool for writers to communicate with a virtual audience with clarity. You can also number your tweets to express thoughts that go beyond the 140-character limit. Great practice for using your time and space wisely when writing.
2) Use a Timer.
Make use of a timer when trying to complete writing exercises. This is also a helpful way to remember that you don't have all the time in the world to work on a project, express an idea, or work on a story. Timed writing forces you to focus on the task at hand, because you're aware that in a matter of minutes (i.e. 5 or 10 or 15 etc.) you need to produce results. This is a great way to embrace deadlines. I also recommend using a timer to limit social media activity, for the same reasons.
1) Purchase and use a Journal.
This might sound old fashioned, especially in the age of apps and tablets, but there's nothing like a hand held journal for a writer! I have various journals for different purposes. But my go-to-ideas journal, is a simple light brown paper bag color notebook with the word WRITE on the front. It's a great reminder that this is a free space for me to quickly and frequently express my thoughts and ideas on various topics. I also know that if I need inspiration on a project or assignment, I can go to that journal and find something relevant to what I'm working on in the moment.