On Inspiration with Ashley Locke

On Inspiration with Ashley Locke

“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” 

 Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath


Words by Ashley Locke

Where do you find inspiration for your writing?

  • Find extraordinary in the ordinary
  • Look at the world with fresh eyes. There’s magic in every moment when we take the time to notice it. 

  • Talk to anyone and everyone
  • You never know where you will find a story. You could be in line at the grocery store, in a taxi, or on the phone with your mom. Even small talk can leave you with a valuable insight or new perspective.

  • Encourage oversharing
  • If you let someone ramble, you’ll discover nooks and crannies of a story that you never knew existed. Often those small insights and details will turn a good story into a great one. 

  • Never stop reading
  • You often hear that the best writers are readers, and it’s true! Reading educates and inspires—it’s the easiest door to open into a new world.