[Nouns] That Inspire

The WordNerds are inspired by all of the things, and here you can find our videos about those things that get our creative minds working. To watch all of our videos on the people, places, and things that inspire us, use the embedded playlist. To find a specific type of inspiration, use the list below or the search bar.

3 Reasons You Should Keep a Writing Journal

E. Latimer diligently keeps a writing journal, and shares why you should, too.

3 Writing Prompts I Picked from my Tarot

E. Latimer picks out 3 different writing prompts using tarot cards as inspiration.

5 Writetubers to Follow

E. Latimer shares her favorite writetube/authortube channels. KIM CHANCE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtcDmM2bgezD0c95Y38OAcg ROWAN ELLIS: https://www.youtube.com/user/muppetmadness ALEXA DONNE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfwTRhTSM2NyJImC8HeUd1Q ELLEN BROCK: https://www.youtube.com/user/KeytopServices KELSEY MACKE: https://www.youtube.com/user/kelsnotchels

Adventures at WattCon

E. Latimer talks about the inspiration that comes from writing/bookish conferences and shares her awesome experiences at WattCon.

Advice from Published Authors!

Bestselling authors share their single best piece of writing advice! Authors in this video: Adam Silvera, Lauren Gibaldi, Alwyn Hamilton, Brendan Reichs, Kamilla Benko, Jasmine Warga, Jeff Garvin, Kate Karyus Quinn, Kendare Blake, Tobie Easton, Mackenzie Lee.

ALL The Writing Spaces!

In this special WordNerds community video, we show off our writing spaces with the help of fellow authors Ellie Moreton, Susan McGrath, Helen Powers, Debbi Mack, Meg Sill, and Brenda Lore. We also talk about why writing is the best ever. 🙂

American Thanksgiving Style

Meghan says that the WordNerds are so thankful and inspired by YOU, our viewers!

Apps for Writers

Emma Kate recommends some useful apps for aspiring authors. More info about the apps: Focus Keeper: https://www.facebook.com/focuskeeper/ Flora: http://flora.appfinca.com/ Todoist: https://en.todoist.com/ Productive: http://productiveapp.io/ Evernote: https://evernote.com/ Werdsmith: https://werdsmith.com/ Brainsparker: http://brainsparker.com/ The Brainstormer: http://andrewbosley.weebly.com/the-brainstormer.html

Ariane Felix: Scrivener Tips

Ariane Felix–writer, YouTuber, and Pitch Wars Alum–talks about her favorite aspects of Scrivener!

Authors with Inspiring Blogs

Emma Kate loves reading the advice and thoguhts of published authors. Here are some of her favorites.

Backwards Superpowers

Rachel Sargeant shares some ridiculous super powers that subvert the tropes to help get you inspired to write something unique!

Best Story Driven Video Games!

Desiraye Williams talks about her favorite story driven video games.

Big 4TheWords News!

Kellie Sheridan shares some exciting changes coming at one of the WordNerds’ favorite websites for writers.

Building a Writing Playlist

Emma Kate talks about building a writing playlist that will inspire you.

Bullet Journal for Writers

Kellie Sheridan shares her writing-specific bullet journal. Boho Berry Writing Bullet Journal – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qE5uk087odI

Calyn is Inspired by ALL THE THINGS

Calyn Morgan finds inspiration in everything around her.

Calyn’s Art Journal

Calyn Morgan shows off her novice art journalist skills.

Cartoons Are Important!

Desiraye Williams talks about her favorite cartoons and how they inspire her.


Rachel Sargeant talks about the holiday season inspiring creativity.

Cold Turkey Writer

Kellie Sheridan talks about one of her favorite writing tools.

Daphne Lamb: Quotes with Daphne Lamb

Daphne Lamb–author of The Girl’s Guide to the Apocalypse–shares her favorite quote from the book Lives of the Monster Dogs by Kirsten Bakus.

DIY Sprayed Edges

Helen teaches you how to spray book edges so you can make your favorite books even more beautiful!

Erica’s Podcast Recommendations

Erica Crouch has some inspiring podcasts that you need to listen to.


In this Sunday Special live chat, the WordNerds talk about all things fanfics! And Meghan, Emma Kate, and E. Latimer share excerpts from their teenage fics. 🙂

Fictional Frights

Erica Crouch is inspired by the creepy atmosphere of October. Edgar Allen Poe, anyone?

Free Writing Email Subscriptions

Rachel Sargeant shares a couple of writing subscriptions that can send you writing advice and info about paid writing opportunities.

Get Inspired by Your Favorites!

Kellie Sheridan thinks you should get inspired by making a list of your current favorite things.

Getting That Creative Spark!

Desiraye Williams recommends a few ways to get inspired!

Going to SE-YA Book Fest

Emma Kate talks about book festivals in general as she prepares to go to SEYA Fest!


Erica Crouch gets pumped courtesy of her favorite holiday.

Harry Potter Christmas Quote

Erica Crouch shares a Christmassy quote to help get you in the holiday spirit.

How to Train Your Dragon

Emma Kate talks about the HTTYD franchise! SPOILERS for How to Train Your Dragon 1&2, but no spoilers for the new, 3rd movie.

Inspiration Through Music

E. Latimer talks about the type of music that inspires her while writing.

Inspirational Lyrics

Rachel Sargeant talks about inspirational song lyrics.

Inspirational Writing Quotes

Kellie Sheridan shares some of her favorite quotes on writing.

Inspired by Dungeons and Dragons!

Kellie Sheridan is learning about Dungeons and Dragons (and getting all kinds of inspired along the way)!

Inspired by Halloween


Inspired by TV Shows (and kick-ass ladies)

Kellie Sheridan celebrates International Women’s Day by sharing her favorite kick-ass TV ladies.

Inspiring Soundtracks

Emma Kate shares some movie soundtracks that inspire her to write.


Calyn Morgan talks about interpretation using the Seven Basic Plots and her experience with Paint Nite.

INTRO TO: 4TheWords!

IMPORTANT UPDATE: As of October 3, 2018, 4TheWords has a completely new, awesome interface! I’m planning to do an updated getting started video, but in the meantime, here’s a video from the 4TheWords creator about all the changes to this wonderful site: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdbHPEGX-NE Meghan talks about 4Thewords, a website they’ll be teaming up with for … Continue reading INTRO TO: 4TheWords!

iPad/Tablet Tools for Writers

Kellie Sheridan shares what she’s been doing with her ipad to help inspire her writing.

Kellie’s Inspiration Feed

Kellie Sheridan talks about Pocket and how she uses it to save inspiring things to come back to later.

Kelsey Macke: Gets Inspired

Kelsey Macke–author of Damsel Distressed, and 1/2 of the band Wedding Day Rain (who created a soundtrack to accompany her novel)–talks about how she gets inspired.

Learning for Fun and Inspiration

Kellie Sheridan talks about learning new things as a means of inspiration.

Learning From Mysteries

Kellie Sheridan tries out a new genre of books and realizes there is so much we can learn from cozy mysteries.

Let Camp NaNo Inspire you!

Desiraye Williams talks about how important Camp NaNoWriMo can be in helping to inspire you, even when you don’t reach your word count goals.

Letting Mythology Inspire You

Rachel Sargeant talks about how local folklore can give you amazing inspiration for your writing.

Making My NaNo Characters in the Sims!

Desiraye Williams makes her NaNoWriMo characters in the Sims for a little extra inspiration!

Miscellaneous: YALLFest Authors on Writerly Jealousy

YALLFest 2015 authors Marie Lu, Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket), Scott Westerfeld, Gayle Forman, Libba Bray, and Margaret Stohl talk about writers who have made them jealous recently.

Miscellaneous: YALLFest Authors’ Terrible Reviews

YALLFest 2015 authors Brendan Reichs, Brandon Mull, Curtis Jobling, Renee Ahdieh, and Kiera Cass share some of their best terrible reviews.

Music of the Write!

Desiraye Williams talks about her biggest writing inspiration: MUSIC.

My Five Fave Author Instagrams

Meghan shares her five favorite author instagram profiles (in no particular order).

My Masterclass Experience: RL Stine & Judy Blume

Kellie Sheridan talks about her experience taking the Masterclass.com courses from R.L. Stine and Judy Blume.

Mysterious Things

Emma Kate talks about how mysteries can inspire us to write more captivating mysteries in our own stories.

Nerds. Nerds. Nerds.

Calyn Morgan is inspired by all the nerds.

Netflix Inspiration

E. Latimer shares some Netflix shows that are inspiring her big time.


Kellie Sheridan talks about her all time favorite writer resource: One Stop for Writers.

People Who Inspire

Emma Kate talks about being thankful for the people who inspired you to be a writer.

Plan with Me: The Chaotic Writer Edition

E. Latimer vlogs her day planning process as a full time writer!

Poetic Inspiration

Emma Kate talks about finding inspiration in poetry, even if you aren’t a huge poetry fan.

Pre-Writing in Pinterest

Desiraye Williams gives a tutorial of how she prepares to write a novel using Pinterest!

Profound YA Book Quotes

Emma Kate shares some of her favorite quotes from young adult books that prove the YA haters wrong.

Q3 Movie Night Pick: HAMILTON!

This quarter, we all watched Hamilton, and now we’re going to talk about it! What did you think of the show?

Quotes on Publishing

Emma Kate shares some of her favorite quotes on the publishing world.

Quotes on Writing

Kellie Sheridan shares some of her favorite quotes on writing and loving books.

Rachel’s Signed Book Collection

Rachel Sargeant shows off her signed book collection!

Reading Inspiration

E. Latimer talks about how books in the same genre which she is writing can be so inspiring!

REBECCA JAYCOX: Rebecca’s Inspiration

Rebecca Jaycox–author of THE OTHER INHERITANCE (Aelurus Publishing)–shares where she gets her inspiration.

Recent Obsessions

Kellie Sheridan talks about the things that have been inspiring to her lately.

Rediscovering Video Games

Kellie Sheridan has gotten back into gaming and it is so inspiring!


Erica Crouch talks about Jonathan Larson’s RENT.

Road Trip!

Rachel Sargeant talks about using road trips as inspiration.

S. J. Cairns: Inspiration with Sami-Jo

S. J. Cairns–adult fiction writer and member of The Fictionistas vlogging group–talks about how she gains inspiration.

SE-YA Here I Come!

Desiraye Williams is headed to SE-YA fest!

Seeing Others Succeed

E. Latimer talks about using others’ success as motivation in your own writing.

So Many New Favorites!

Kellie Sheridan shares the for-fun goals she set this year to inspire herself to try new things and take time to focus on the non-work things that she also loves. Albums Mentioned: The Click – AJR The Greatest Showman Soundtrack Turning Tides – Wildwood Kin Everything Is Color – Through Juniper Vale Narrated For You … Continue reading So Many New Favorites!

Songs for Inspiration

Emma Kate shares the songs that inspire her during her current work in progress.

Soundscapes on Ambient-Mixer.com

Erica Crouch talks about using inspiring soundscapes to help with her writing.

Stories I Want to Retell

Emma Kate talks about retellings she’d love to write.

Stories That Inspire

Emma Kate talks about all the different kinds of storytelling, and the stories in those mediums that inspire her.

Stuck in Love

Erica Crouch talks about her most favorite movie of all time, STUCK IN LOVE.

Success Stories

E. Latimer talks about how reading other authors’ perseverance and success stories can help inspire you to keep pushing forward.

Taking a Self Care Day

Rachel Sargeant talks about the importance of giving yourself days off.


Today we’re talking all about the storytelling of THE GOOD PLACE. There will be SO SO MANY SPOILERS for EVERY CURRENTLY AVAILABLE SEASON. And all that caps lock means business, so if you don’t want to get spoiled, leave! But we love you, so come back later, once you’ve had a chance to get caught … Continue reading THE GOOD PLACE


Meghan talks about The Haunting of Hill House Netflix series. Spoiler free!

The KING of Spooky Writing Tips

For Halloween, Meghan shares some quotes on writing from the spookiest of authors–Stephen King.

The Sims Makes Me a Better Writer!

Desiraye Williams talks about how she uses The Sims to improve her writing!

The Wheels on the Bus

Meghan is super inspired by riding public transportation.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (A Tour)

Emma Kate gives you a full tour of Harry Potter World in Orlando!

The Wonderful World of Disney

Kellie Sheridan is a little obsessed with Disney, and is trying to find a way to add some Disney magic to her writing.

The Writer Emergency Pack

Kellie Sheridan shares her brand new Writer Emergency Pack and talks about how it inspires her work.

The Writer’s Sketchbook

Emma Kate talks about how you can capture real life as it is happening so that you can write it well later on.

Too School for Cool

Emma Kate talks about how school and learning can inspire your writing, even when you’re not in English class.

Top 5 Websites for Writers

E. Latimer shares her top five website recommendations for aspiring authors. Websites listed: 1) http://www.publishingcrawl.com/ 2) https://rachellegardner.com/blog/ 3) https://www.janefriedman.com/blog/ 4) http://susandennard.com/ 5) http://www.writersdigest.com/

Trying Out Bullet Journaling

Emma Kate loves planners, so now she’s giving bullet journals a try. She’s also got some tips for you if you want to try bullet journaling, but are worried you aren’t artistic enough. Bullet Journal Links! Official Bullet Journal website: http://bulletjournal.com/ BohoBerry (creator of the habit tracker I show in this video!): https://www.bohoberry.com/bullet-journal-101-intro/ WTF Is … Continue reading Trying Out Bullet Journaling

TV Shows for Writers

Emma Kate shares some must-watch television shows for writers.

TV Shows I’m Obsessed With

Emma Kate fangirls over the TV shows she can’t get enough of.

Twitter Writing Prompt Accounts!

Rachel Sargeant shares five Twitter accounts that share writing prompts and help inspire writers.

Two Sentence Scary Stories!

Desiraye Williams shares some two sentence scary stories.