Jack London said that you have to go after inspiration with a club. Here you’ll find the WordNerds’ videos on actively seeking out inspiration. To watch all of our videos on seeking inspiration, use the embedded playlist. To find a specific video about finding inspiration, use the list below or the search bar.


Kellie Sheridan talks about the reader/blogger wish list on Twitter and how you can use it to inspire your writing.

10 Character Prompts

Rachel Sargeant gives ten writing prompts to jog your creativity!

10 Rad Writing Prompts Rachel Found on her Computer

Rachel Sargeant share ten writing prompts to get your creative juices flowing.

3 Unique Ways to Get Inspired

Meghan shares three less-discussed, super-effective ways to get inspired.

5 Awesome Booktubers & Writetubers

One of the things the Word Nerd channel strives to do is uplift marginalized voices. Not just this past month, but all of the time. Both in our bookclub picks, chat topics and guest vloggers. If you are a marginalized author, booktuber or children’s book illustrator, please don’t hesitate to reach out. *All guest vlogs […]


E. Latimer talks about the songs she listens to to get pumped despite rejections.

5 Ways to Get Re-Inspired

Emma Kate talks about ways to regain inspiration when it has faded.

A Goal For… Less Goals

Looking ahead to 2020, ’tis the season to start thinking about goals. Or more specifically, when it’s a good time not to have them.


Meghan talks about how she wades through all the writing advice to find the best advice for her own writing life.

Be a Goal Digger!

Desiraye Williams talks about the importance of five-year plans and using them to guilde your life choices.

Books That Do Tropes *Right*

Rachel recommends books that do the classic tropes RIGHT.

Building a Writing Playlist

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

Challenge Yourself!

Kellie Sheridan challenges you to say yes to new experiences!

Change of Scenery

E. Latimer talks about the importance of trying a change of scenery to jump start your inspiration.

Change Up Your Routine?

Kellie Sheridan talks about the importance of changing up your typical routine.

Character Specific Playlists!

Olivia, an intern at Patchwork Press, stops by to talk about making specific playlists for your characters!

Character Trait Roulette

Rachel Sargeant plays a game to help build characters.

Coffee Shop Writing Vlog

Meghan does a vlog of her writing day at the coffee shop.


E. Latimer talks about the time sucks that keep you from inspiration and how to avoid those distractions.

Distractions Are Good??

Desiraye Williams talks about how–in the right situation–distractions can be good for your writing career. Then she gives a few examples of this and leaves in some bloopers!

Does It Inspire? (EXPERIMENT)

Meghan tests some of the things that she’s said in the past inspire her, to see if they actually work!

Don’t Get Discouraged

Erica Crouch wants you to keep your chin up and keep moving forward, even when you don’t reach your goals.

Envy and Jealousy

Emma Kate talks about using envy and jealousy in ways that are productive, and what to do if your writerly jealousy isn’t productive.

Erica’s Writing Notebooks

Erica Crouch shows off her writing notebooks so you can see how she keeps up with her ideas.

Fighting Back with Inspiration

E. Latimer talks about using inspiration to combat all of the waiting you have to do in publishing.


In this live chat, we’re talking all about setting big writing goals and finding ways to make them happen, even when you’ve got a busy life.

Get Inspired by Summer!

Kellie Sheridan challenges you to choose one thing to do that will help you get inspired this summer.

Getting Inspired by Real Places

Kellie Sheridan talks about the importance of using real places and travel to inspire your writing (and how to do it!) whether your setting is contemporary or fantastical.

Goal Planning Party

E. Latimer talks about hosting a goal planning party to help prepare for and go after your dreams.

Going After Inspiration

E. Latimer talks about how to make yourself feel inspired.

Going Outdoors!

Kellie Sheridan goes outside to try and get inspired–and it doesn’t go too well…

Helen Powers: Find Your Song!

Helen Powers–author and vlogger–talks about finding that one song to inspire your manuscript.

Hiatus Help in Threes

Meghan shares three sets of three things that can help you push through to the end of Camp NaNoWriMo while the WordNerds are on hiatus. WRITING CHALLENGES: -Write in a new location -Hand write one page to see if it gets your creative juices flowing -Make a new playlist, pinterest board, or aesthetic to remind […]


Meghan tried to write as many words as she possibly could in 48 hours. Here’s how it went.

Ideas for Empty Notebooks

Not sure what to do with all of your empty notebooks? Kellie Sheridan brainstorms some ideas!

Internal Inspiration

Emma Kate talks about being proud of your own accomplishments and using them to inspire your writing journey.

It’s a Goal Setting Party!

Tonight we’re doing a check-in of our 2020 goals, re-evaluating, and setting new goals for the rest of the year! Join us for all the fun and motivation!

Kellie’s New Favorite Writing Tool!

Kellie Sheridan talks about the gloriousness that is her Alphasmart Neo 2.

Kellie’s Newest Project! (TASKLINS REVEAL)

Kellie unveils the project she’s been working on in 2020! It’s still not quite ready to go out into the world, but she would love your help getting it there! Tasklins is an online productivity tool, built around collecting and caring for virtual pets while exploring the game world and cheering on your friends. Website […]

Let Inspiration Strike

E. Latimer talks about inspiration, and why you should let it strike three times.

Let It Simmer

Emma Kate talks about the importance of letting an idea sit, and not forcing it into something you don’t want it to be.

Making a Vision Board

E. Latimer talks about making a collage of your goals.

Making WIP Playlists!

Recurring guest WordNerd Kyra Nelson talks about using playlists as inspiration in the early stages of writing a book.

New Year Optimism

Calyn Morgan talks about new year optimism and one word resolutions.

New Year’s Challenges

Kellie Sheridan gives you two creative challenges for the new year.

Nighttime Inspiration

E. Latimer talks about how to promote those nighttime strokes of genius.

NOVEL GOALS: What it Takes to Finish a Book

A couple weeks ago we talked about goal setting in a broad sense. This week we’re going to talk about breaking down all the steps of writing a book, and how you can set specific goals and deadlines so that you end up with a finished product and not just a never ending work in […]

Perseverance in Art

Calyn Morgan uses her art journaling skills as an analogy for perseverance in writing and art.


Erica Crouch talks about inspiration boards and utilizing pinterest in your writing.

Pinterest for Writers!

Desiraye Williams gives a pinterest tutorial for those interested in utilizing pinterest for inspiration, but not sure how to operate it.

Planning for 2018

Kellie Sheridan prepares for the new year.

Podcasts for Writers

Emma Kate shares some podcasts that can be useful for writers. Welcome to Nightvale: http://www.welcometonightvale.com/ Serial: https://serialpodcast.org/ PubCrawl: http://www.publishingcrawl.com/category/pubcrawl-podcast/ Print Run Podcast: https://www.printrunpodcast.com/ First Draft with Sarah Ennis: https://www.facebook.com/firstdraftpod/ Write or Die: https://writeordiepodcast.com/

Procrastination for the Creative Type

Calyn Morgan talks about a guilt free procrastination technique–pro[create]stination.

Publishing Routines and Work Ethic

K.N. Lee stops by and shares just how much is possible when you put your mind to something and get to work. http://knlee.comhttp://facebook.com/knycolelee http://www.subscribepage.com/knleestars

Put Your Writing Out There!

Emma Kate encourages you to get practice putting your work out there for others to read.

Reading Fuels Inspiration

E. Latimer talks about how reading books can inspire new ideas for you (in a non-plagiarism-y way 🙂 ).


Kellie Sheridan has some thoughts from places about recharging to make sure you have mental energy to keep working and meeting your goals.

Refilling My Creative Well

Emma Kate talks about how breaks that might not seem as productive can actually be critical for your writing process.

Researching Other Authors

Kellie Sheridan encourages you to ask yourself what author you’d most like your career to imitate as your author life “grows up.” Use that to fuel your research!

Resolutions Turned Into Inspiration

Meghan discusses ways to make sure you stick to your New year’s resolutions, and how you can use those goals as inspiration in your writing/reading life.


Meghan is feeling the NaNo burnout as she heads into the last three days of November, so she turns to her closest writing friends for inspiration. But most of them have… unique… rituals to get inspired. GOOD LUCK WRITING YOU WONDERFUL WORDNERDS! Push on to the end no matter what your word count is. Every […]

Road Trip Survival Kit

Emma Kate talks about making sure you get inspired while traveling.

Script Writing Masterclass

Kellie Sheridan talks about the Masterclass courses online, specifically focusing on the screenwriting ones!


Meghan writes down/shares 7 of her writing-related insecurities, sets them on fire, and talks about the importance of focusing on your writing “securities” rather than insecurities.

Social Networking Distractions

E. Latimer talks about how the urge to “just check in” on your social media accounts can be harmful to your inspiration.

Soundscapes on Ambient-Mixer.com

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

Starting Fresh for 2014

Kellie Sheridan talks about inspiration that comes from a new year and a fresh start.

Staying Motivated in 2019!

Desiraye Williams talks about staying motivated.


Erica Crouch wants you to step away from the computer and go experience life!

Taking an Inspiring Break

Emma Kate talks about taking necessary breaks so that you don’t get burned out.

Tell People About Your Story!

Desiraye Williams talks about how telling friends (even non-writing friends) about your book can inspire you.

THE ALPHASMART NEO 2 // Product Review for Writers

Meghan bought an Alphasmart Neo 2 a couple months ago, and today she’s here to review it! What are your must-have writing products? Places You Can Buy an Alphasmart Neo2: Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Neo2-Alphasmart-Processor-Keyboard-Calculator/dp/B00T0ZG06O/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=alphasmart+neo+2&qid=1602170698&sr=8-1 Ebay: https://www.ebay.com/itm/ALPHASMART-NEO-2-PORTABLE-WORD-PROCESSOR-WITH-USB-CABLE-3-AAA-BATTERY-INCLUDED/203030902372?hash=item2f4595b664:g:eXkAAOSwM1tamnlA (I kept an eye on different sellers on Amazon and Ebay for a few months before buying, and it seems like […]

The Better Novel Project

Christine–author and creator of the Better Novel Project–talks about dissecting books to see what makes them work, and how she does that on her website!

The Great Outdoors

Emma Kate talks about the importance of actually going outside once in a while.

The Importance of People Watching

Emma Kate talks about making sure we get inspiration from real-life people and not only from other artists’ portrayals of people.

The Power of Self-Teaching

Kellie Sheridan talks about using the internet to teach you ALL THE THINGS, and the value of learning new things outside of a formal education.

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.

Thoughts on Inspiration

B.A. Williamson, author of THE MARVEOLOUS ADVENTURES OF GWENDOLYN GRAY (and occasional arch-nemesis of E. Latimer) talks about finding inspiration for stories. Learn more at: http://Gwendolyngray.comCheck out The Marvelous Adventures of Gwendolyn Gray by B.A. Williamson: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36349079Get your copy: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1631631721/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_xxOzAb6QMTXHA

Tracking Your Progress!

Kellie Sheridan talks about using progress trackers to inspire yourself.

Try Something New

Emma Kate thinks you should try something new to help get your creative juices flowing!

Twelve Ways to Get Inspired

Kellie Sheridan offers up a list of her twelve go-to inspiration techniques.

Two Types of Inspiration

Calyn Morgan talks about instant inspiration vs. personal inspiration and the Evernote Smart Notebook by Moleskine.


Tonight we talk all about CREATIVITY. Where it comes from, how to foster creativity in your own life, and what to do when you’re feeling blocked!

Using Real Life in Stories

E. Latimer talks about how we as writers use real-life experiences to gain inspiration and inform our writing.

Vacation Inspiration

E. Latimer talks about getting inspired when you’re on vacation and can’t really sit down and write.

What Scares You?

Meghan talks about a great method to get new ideas when writing horror or other scary things.

What to Do While the WordNerds are on Hiatus

Meghan talks about what you can do when there aren’t new WordNerds videos being posted.

When Inspiration Turns Into Procrastination

Emma Kate talks about how all these different methods of inspiration are great, but they are no substitute for actually writing.

Where Do Ideas Come From

Emma Kate talks about recognizing ideas when they show up, based on a quote from Stephen King’s On Writing.

Where Do You Get Your Ideas From?

E. Latimer tries to pinpoint exactly how she gets her ideas.

Why Do You Write?

Emma Kate talks about different kinds of inspiration and what inspires us to be writers.


Meghan talks about how she uses white boards for extra inspiration throughout the writing process.

Write-Ins, News, and Writing Prompts

Kellie Sheridan shares five writing prompts to help inspire you to write.

Writing & The Holidays

Calyn Morgan asks for advice on how to be productive during the holidays.

Writing After Depression

Dez talks about getting back into writing after dealing with a bad bout of her depression.

Writing Again After Nano & Falling Prey to SNIS

Rachel Sargeant talks about how post-NaNo is the PERFECT time to fall prey to shiny new idea syndrome.

Writing Prompts

Meghan shares some writing prompts to get your creative juices flowing.

Your Writing Mission Statement

Meghan talks about how to write an author mission statement and how doing so can inspire you to get work done.

Yudron Wangmo: Going on an Adventure!

Yudron Wangmo–author of the Cycle of the Sky series–takes you with her as she visits the setting of her newest book. She walks you through her research, and how she uses travel to inform her writing!


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