Those people, who have made the successful transition from full-time day worker to freelance writer or are successfully carrying both roles, know how important it is to find inspiration in your day-to-day interactions in order to write successfully and creatively. You love being a freelancer; it provides you an amount of freedom that you do not get with a day job. You get to work with items that best interest you; you are able to pursue your passions to the best of your abilities, and make the best use of your self-starter personality.
Living in a place that best fits your work and your abilities to inspire yourself is essential to your overall happiness and your effectiveness in your chosen career. Inspiration can come from a variety of places but most inspiration comes from the location and the world around them. It is all about access. Do you, as a writer, have access to a community and culture that supports your pursuit of your artistic endeavor? Does your home also allow you to explore both nature and other cultures with relative ease? If the answer to either of these questions is no, you may want to consider a move or a short-term stay to get the creative juices flowing.
Your creative spirit can be nurtured by finding inspiration in your everyday interactions. Some of the best inspiration can come from the unique people around you. People watching and watching how children interact with the world are some of the best times to find inspiration and reflect about life, love, and humanity. Exposing yourself to different people, different places, and different dialog patterns is essential for a writer in order to gain more experience to draw stories from.
While in the United States, New York is seen as the city to go to for those people who are aspiring authors and writers, but it is also known that New York is overly crowded with writers coming a dime a dozen. In 2004, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) started recognizing cities all over the world for their contribution to historical writers and the development of aspiring writers. Some of these cities may be a great alternative to the standard New York to gain employment and find inspiration.
1. Edinburgh, Scotland
The first UNESCO City of Literature is Edinburgh, Scotland. Edinburgh is the home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle who wrote the Sherlock Holmes novels, and Sir Walter Scott, author of the Waverley novels. Edinburgh is also the setting of popular Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.
Nature and history are one of the best ways to get inspiration. Nature is an excellent source of inspiration and a chance to appreciate the beauty of the world around you. This means that your location needs to have available access to get away from concrete and on grasses and trails. Areas with a lot of history can also be an inspiration for the writing spirit. Great people in history can inspire greatness in you.
2. London, England
London has several major publishing companies as well as smaller publishing companies that can provide work. The city has a rich culture full of history, art, and music. When it comes to history, London is heavy with it. Not only in its museums but also in the buildings and churches in the area. Some of the architecture can inspire writing.
Art is an outstanding avenue to gain inspiration. Being able to view art in person will allow your inspiration to soar to greater heights. Whether classical works or more modern pieces inspire you, you can find these at the National Museum or the Tate Modern Museum. London also offers galleries where you are able to discover your favorite local artists.
London has a thriving music scene which can provide inspiration. Music has a unique ability to lift people up and move them. Whether your tastes span from classical to rock, there is sure to be a concert in London that will inspire you.
3. Iowa City, Iowa
Though Iowa isn’t as glamorous as London or Scotland, it still is a wonderful place for the development of your writing skills. Iowa City is home to the University of Iowa where the first Master of Fine Arts degree program in creative writing was created. Several well-known authors stop in the city to give talks at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop on the University of Iowa campus. Since 1955 the Iowa Writer’s Workshop has produced over 25 Pulitzer Prize-winning authors.
Iowa itself is an excellent state for finding yourself some solitude. Pablo Picasso once said, “Without great solitude no serious work is possible.” Iowa offers ample space to seek solitude and experience nature.
4. Reykjavik, Iceland
Iceland, by itself, boasts of having one of the highest literacy rates in the world at 99.9 percent. The people of Iceland have a pure dedication to the written word that almost spans its entire history. The government of Iceland sponsors translations and linguistic projects as well as engages in literary exchanges with other cities worldwide. Reykjavik is the capital city of Iceland and provides an abundant history within the beautiful city.
5. Istanbul, Turkey
It is said that Istanbul is where the East and the West meet, and based on its geographic location, Istanbul does enjoy the benefits of each of the European and Asian cultures. The result is a diverse, interesting, and historically rich literary lifestyle. Every year, Turkey hosts the Istanbul Tanpinar Literary Festival where people who run in the literary world flock to so they can participate in cultural exchanges and gain information on past, present and future movements within the writing subculture.
If you are looking for some novelists that are making cultural changes and engaging readers to shift their paradigms then Istanbul may be the place for you to gain inspiration because it is a city for exchanging ideas, and it is developing methods of sustainable change.
Inspiration hits people in different ways but allowing yourself to experience new places while traveling is indispensable to developing yourself as a writer.