A strategy I use is to take time to observe the world. I get inspiration from people, events, and places around me. When I find myself stuck in my own head, worrying about all of the things I need to get done, I remind myself to stop and be present.
I will listen intently to the sounds, what people are saying around me, smells, the way the light looks. I pay attention to all the small details for a few moments each day. Not only does it give me a moment to relax but I often find material in the real world that inspires me to write stories, even if it is only a small detail, like one line of dialogue I overhear someone say on the subway.
Contributor: Emily Viall from egviall.com