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Why Inspiration Isn’t the Best Motivation for Writers

14th March 2013 Posted in Blog, Writing 4 Comments

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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.

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  1. By Nick Stamoulis of Brick Marketingon 20th, March 2013 at 3:18 pm

    I love the idea of “write anything.” Free-flow writing is a great way to get your creative juices going. After doing so, go back and review what you wrote down. You may be able to identify key topics or patterns that you can then use in a focused and well-developed piece of content. Battling writers block can be a mind trick. You feel you can’t write anything – so the way to combat it is to write basically anything.

  2. By editoron 20th, March 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Thanks for the comment, Nick. Hard to argue with your line of reasoning.

  3. By Alyss Thomason 29th, March 2013 at 9:11 pm

    The problem if you are stuck is that you are STUCK and although free writing, morning pages, etc are brilliant for some people, others can feel what they are writing is no good.

    It really helps to read your writing aloud to yourself or a non-judging person and really hear how it sounds…. this gets over the isolation of things going round and round in your head. Sometimes you have to bring someone else in, go to a class, or find a writing buddy to share with.

  4. By editoron 3rd, April 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Alyss: Thanks for your comment. It’s great to have someone to bounce things off of. However, in many cases, professional writers are lone writers, in that they are solopreneurs or in a department of one.

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