Writing Inspiration for Days: 10 Instagram Feeds to Follow Right Now

Writing Inspiration for Days: 10 Instagram Feeds to Follow Right Now

Instagram is well known for providing inspiration for travel, cooking, artwork, design, and plenty of other niches.

But it also offers lots of writing inspiration. From epic bookshelves, cats and dogs snuggling up to a good book, insightful literary quotes, or even just enticing images of a cup of coffee and a good book, every writer can find something to adore in their Instagram feed.

Check out these 10 sites for a dose of writing inspiration no matter your genre.

1. Elizabeth Gilbert (@elizabeth_gilbert_writer)

Regram from @greenhopping…thank you for making this lovely image! #bigmagic #soul #onward

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The author of
Eat, Pray, Love and recent release Big Magic is relatable not just through her soul-bearing writing, but also through the inspiration she dishes out on her Instagram account.

Subscribe to Gilbert’s feed to enjoy artsy designs, a variety of sayings and quotes, and updates on her upcoming book projects.

2. Cheryl Strayed (@cherylstrayed)


Dubbing herself “Writer, mother, light-seeker,” Cheryl Strayed’s Instagram feed offers up selfies, images of her at speaking events, snaps of her books, images of her kitties, and even an opportunity to walk down memory lane with her.

She sometimes shares photos of her hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, which she later depicted in Wild.

3. Jon Krakauer (@krakauernotwriting)

Outdoor-focused lit lovers will revel in Jon Krakauer’s Instagram stream, which will make you want to run outside and play. From images of people climbing a 130-foot icicle to gorgeous sunsets, mountain shots, and travel images, his stream will leave any outdoor writer inspired.

He notes as his tagline, “I write books for a living. Been toiling in the writing factory for more than 30 years. Not writing is way more fun.”

4. Jeff Goins (@jeffgoins)

Will the world remember you?

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If you’re seeking inspiration for both work and your overall life, check out Jeff Goins’s Instagram account. The best-selling author of
The Art of Work tells inspirational tale after tale with quotes, sayings, and words of encouragement for any endeavor.

5. Cat Book Club (@catbookclub)

🐱

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Instagram is no different from any other corner of the Internet: cats rule. And, as much as you like to read, cats like to read even more — if you to believe the photos on Cat Book Club’s feed.

If you love furry felines, it’s a great way to watch them cuddle up with a good book (and in some cases yawn or fall asleep on the book). This account will make you want to do nothing more than grab your cat and a novel and sit down for a spell.

6. Dog Book Club (@dogbookclub)

READING READING READING READING

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You didn’t think we’d leave out dog fans, did you? After all, who can resist a photo of a cuddly pup snuggling up with a good book?

This feed contains images of dogs doing everything from reading by lamplight with a glass of wine nearby, to concentrating hard on reading the big words, to scanning an e-reader. These images will make the dog and book lover in all of us smile.

7. Last Night’s Reading (@lastnightsreading)

Don DeLillo at the New Yorker Festival, 10/3/15 #nyerfest

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Kate Gavino creates drawings to illustrate quotes from New York City book readings. She draws the author, a quote, and the date of the reading together for a poignant package to encourage writers.

8. Ernest Hemingway Foundation (@ehfop)


The Ernest Hemingway Foundation maintains this Instagram feed full of favorite quotes and notable facts about the literary icon. You can also spot images of vintage copies of some of his works, along with short video clips about some of his stories.

9. NaNoWriMo (@nanowrimo)

We'll be at so many book festivals this summer! See you soon.

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By now, everyone’s heard of National Novel Writing Month (
NaNoWriMo). Following along with the organization’s official feed is a sure way to remind yourself that there are plenty of other writers also cranking along on their projects in November — and throughout the year, too!

10. Jackie Johansen (@wordselectric)


This account has everything from travel photos to mugs of coffee and notebooks at the ready, to inspirational quotes, pets, passports and fun travel pictures. Jackie Johansen offers a world of inspiration for creative copywriters and beyond!

What Instagram accounts inspire you? Tell us about them in the comments!

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16 comments

  • Oh thanks! Interesting topic! Indeed, the inspiration can be found even on the Internet.

  • Thanks for sharing these. Most of them I hadn’t heard of and they look great!

  • Shauna says:

    It figures I was already following half of them! Thanks for the list!

  • Teri says:

    Lovely… I hadn’t joined Instagram because I incorrectly thought it was just about pictures.
    Wrong!
    I will join now thanks for the post!

  • Rhiannon says:

    Some of these are out of date – for example, the last one doesn’t lead to an Instagram account any more.

    • Lisa Rowan says:

      Rhiannon,
      Thanks for catching that – must have switched up the account name between drafting and posting on that last account! I’ve updated so the info is correct, now.
      Thanks for reading!
      Lisa Rowan
      Editor

      • qualitymatters says:

        Lisa,

        What do you think about the other errors? I get the impression from what I read online that these types of errors don’t matter anymore. Has that been your experience as an editor? If so, is it possible their prevalence might be because today’s writers, most of whom are probably under age 50 or even under age 40, received their K-12 education at a time when teachers were told, in error, that correcting a student’s writing damages his/her self-esteem when, in fact, self-esteem is born of self-respect which comes from doing and being what one respects, i.e. from quality and excellence?

        Some examples of the type of errors to which I refer are as follows:

        — The author suggests the listed sites can provide “…writing inspiration no matter your genre.” But, since “genre” is “an established…category, such as music or literature,” the sentence is say the readers will find “writing inspiration no matter that they’re writers and journalists. Therefore, it should read “niche,” so the sentence says they’ll find “…inspiration regardless of which subject area(s) their respective writing covers. The author used this term correctly in the first sentence, so incorrectly switching to “genre” doesn’t make sense.

        — Unless it’s known for certain that Elizabeth Gilbert will always write only books, it would be better to reference “updates on her upcoming writing projects” rather than “book projects.”

        — Cheryl Strayed’s quote reveals that her writing is also illustrative of poor phraseology. Her use of “twenty years ago” twice in back-to-back sentences is a common mistake of beginners which seasoned writers should not be making. Her second sentence is a continuation of the thought expressed in the first sentence, so she need only write something like “On that day…” or “On that day so long ago[comma, which she missed], I knew I’d always…” Also, the “too” at the end of the sentence should be preceded by a comma.

        — In describing Ms. Strayed, the author writes that her “feed offers up selfies…” when “offers” by itself is sufficient and reads better. It would also be better to write that the “feed offers photos of her speeches, books and kitties; selfies; and even an opportunity…” or “in addition to selfies, her feed offers…” for the parallel construction.

        — Under Jon Krakauer, “border less feature” should be “borderless feature. Since an Instagram stream can’t “make” anyone do anything, it would be better to write that it “will inspire you to run outside to play.” The “want to,” like the “offers up,” is informal speech that, despite its routine appearance in online writing, is best reserved for casual conversations among friends, if used at all. Are online writers using this type of casual, informal, slang-type language on purpose or is it the result of a lack of knowledge?

        — Under Jon Krakauer, “any outdoor writer” is actually a reference to writers who write in the outdoors when the author intended to reference writers whose niche is the outdoors.

        — Under Jeff Goins, “for both work and your overall life” is better written as “for both your work and [“your” can be stated or assumed] overall life.”

        — Under #5, the error in “if you to believe the photos” indicates inadequate proofreading, which also seems to be quite common. In the last paragraph, the “account” is making one do something when, in fact, “account” can only inspire, entice, prompt, or compel one, or leave one wanting, to do something.

        — Under #6, the puppy should be “snuggling up to” not “with.” In the last paragraph, the two commas are incorrect.

        — Under #7, the “reading together” phrase in the last sentence doesn’t make sense. It seems the author intended to say that Ms. Gavino’s “drawings are composed of the author, a quote, and the date of the reading which forms a poignant composite to encourage writers.” Or, “each drawing is a poignant composite of the author, a quote, and the date of the reading that encourages writers.” Is it a drawing given to a particular writer? If so, the sentence should end with “encourages that writer” or “each writer” or make everything plural, as in “her drawings are poignant composites of…that encourage those writers.”

        — Under #8, instead of a “feed full of…quotes…,” why not a “feed teeming with” or “pregnant with.” In the last sentence, “short video clips” is redundant, as a clip, by definition, is short, and the use of “spot images” doesn’t seem to give those vintage works the respect and value they deserve.

        — Under #9, the “along” after “following” is unnecessary since that’s what happens when one is “following” something. Also, writers don’t “crank along.” They “limp along” as they try to “crank out” a final draft.

        — Lastly, since Ms. Pope is a Wyoming-based writer, isn’t she also a Jackson Hole, Wyoming-based writer…with the necessary hyphen?

        These examples aren’t comprehensive, but they illustrate the kind of errors that online writers are routinely making. Is it intentional or is it gaps in knowledge and skill that isn’t improving because they’re reinforcing each other’s mistakes? If it’s intentional, does that mean the writing of better writers is likely to be rejected in lieu of this type of writing with its errors as if the latter were an actual “style” preferred by magazine editors and website executives?

        Your, or anyone’s, professional thoughts and expertise on this will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

        • Lisa Rowan says:

          Martha,
          I appreciate your watchful eye, but I have the highest confidence in our writers and with our editing systems here at The Write Life. If you’d like to contribute, I’d love to consider your pitches. And if any of our articles include inaccuracies or egregious errors, by all means, I want to correct them. Otherwise, I’ll appreciate you leaving the editing to our team.
          Thanks for reading,
          Lisa Rowan
          Editor

  • Hi,

    Great inspirational site. Many things here are new to me. Thanks for sharing.
    Warm regards,

    Paul

  • I thought instagram only for blondes and selfy fans. It turns out that it is not so!

  • qualitymatters says:

    What do you suggest for those who have not caught up to the tech revolution and don’t know what Instagram is nor how to use/access it and don’t own a smart phone? These articles are nice, but their authors assume all their readers know the ins and outs of all this stuff when, in fact, many of them do not. When I looked up one site’s submission requirements, I discovered it was all “Greek” and over my head. To be truly helpful, authors of these “how to” articles need to include some real “how-to” information for their “newbie” readers. Where does one go to learn it all?

    Also, if we’re going to capitalize Instagram because, as the only such animal of its kind, it’s a proper noun, then why isn’t everyone also capitalizing “Internet” for the same reason?

  • SarahGilbertWriter says:

    Hello to everyone! I’ve been here 3 days so am learning my way around. I love to write! I did a romantic novelette not long ago. Now I’m back into inspirationals. I know from experience how years of negative treatment can affect a person. So I took it upon myself to write about it. This has helped me and also countless others. So, I say again, I dearly love writing!

    SarahGilbertWriter

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