Why Inspiration Isn’t the Best Motivation for Writers
How many times have you heard from other writers that they have writer’s block or that they are waiting to be inspired before they start typing?
It’s common enough that’s it’s almost a cliché.
Maybe all of this anguish isn’t the fault of inspiration, after all. What you may want to remember is that creativity is work and it may have to happen when you need it to happen. If you’ve ever had a deadline bear down on you faster then than you realized, you know how this works.
Suddenly, as though by magic, you get your work done and it’s more brilliant than anything you might have written when you weren’t rushed.
How can you capture that write-on-demand energy every day?
- Get a schedule – Figure out when you want to write every day, and then get to your desk or to your laptop at that time every single day. Before long, your brain and your body will know it’s time to write.
- Write anything – Just write something down. It doesn’t matter if it’s good, it doesn’t matter if you use it. You just need to get started sometimes.
- Reward yourself – And while this might not seem like something an adult would need, rewards can be the incentive you need to get out of writer’s block or writer’s apathy.
Before you know it, you’ll be writing when you want to, not just when inspiration decides to show up.
Your clients will be happy you stopped waiting on divine intervention. And you’ll actually get something done.
What tips can you share for writers who find themselves stuck? Please leave a comment.