This is all about finding your inspiration when you think it’s lost. Because it never is lost, not really. It’s just covered up with other stuff, like life, fear, sloth and insecurity, among other things. Writer’s block is in our minds and we can use our minds to overcome it and find our muse again. Want to find your muse?
Having a regular writing practice –no matter what you write–gets the pump primed. Make it habit each day to sit down and write whatever comes out, even if you think it’s crap. It may be. But it’s like the rusty water that comes out of a tap that hasn’t been used for a while. Run the water for a while and the water turns clear. Be patient.
People who are not writers may think what we do is easy, and it is, for some of us. But for others, especially those who write first person, it’s like bleeding on the page. And it’s hard work. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks, only what you think. Keep writing.
My well rarely goes dry, but it did a few weeks ago. I sat with it a day or two, and then I started looking around me. What was going on in my sphere and how could I write about it? Yes, sometimes it doesn’t magically appear. Sometimes you have to hunt inspiration down with a club.
Like me, I know plenty of people who say they’re writers but don’t write. As someone once said to me years ago, “Writers write.” Yep. So true.
This is so true for me and maybe it is for you, too. Sometimes, in the process of writing an opinion I change my mind. Isn’t that interesting?
Chekhov knew of what he spoke. If you can’t write anything else, describe your surroundings or things that have happened in a few different ways. It’s a fun writing prompt.
This is my favorite reason to not write: I can’t figure out a way not to hurt someone. Well, Lamott is right. If people wanted me to write warmly about them, they really SHOULD have behaved better!
It’s tempting to rest on our laurels after the first draft, but that was the easy draft. The second draft MUST follow and I love this advice.
What an interesting though this is. Thank you, Samuel Johnson.
I’m writing, writing, writing, writing and writing…and then writing more.
Hemingway is so right at that. Although he was a master. Did he know it? I think we feel we never become master writers and that’s a good thing. It keeps us growing
This is my new mantra. Funny how it adds up.
I hope these little tidbits helped you on your writer’s journey. If you’ve got something inspirational to share–or anything at all, including a lament–a differing opinion–whatever–do so in the Comments section. Thank you!