Not Inspired

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How do you write when you’re not inspired?

I stared with disappointment at the titles just waiting to be written and published. Subjects that were easy a week ago, that just needed a little encouragement to get the words flowing, fell flat today. That’s when I asked myself, “Can I really do this? Can I actually become a Blogger and make a living at it when not posting because I don’t feel like it isn’t an option?”

Obviously, I decided to post anyway. It may not be my best work, but I have found that if you just start writing SOMETHING, ANYTHING, you can free your mind and get those juices flowing. Even if it means you go back and take out some of the first draft in order to not sound like an idiot.

Any time you do anything, no matter how passionate you are, there will be days when the passion isn’t there and you just want to give up. If you are going to write or paint or teach or work with your hands…no matter what you do, you have to find a way to inspire yourself on those days when you don’t feel inspired. Watch a movie, listen to music, look at something beautiful, figure out a way to remind yourself of why you love what you do any time, any place and any mood.

For me, it’s writing and the best way I have found is to just start. Or watch Finding Forrester.

“No thinking – that comes later. You must write your first draft with your heart. You rewrite with your head. The first key to writing is… to write, not to think!” -William Forrester

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6 thoughts on “Not Inspired

  1. wedgewrites

    I’ve had days like that! An idea will come to me and I write it down thinking, “this will be a great article, all I have to do is put a little meet on these here bones of an idea.” Then the next day I ask myself what I could have been thinking when I came up with that idea. So I try something else. It’s probably one of the reasons I have had a hard time publishing consistently. The other problem I have is sticking to one main point. I like to cover every angle of subject but that means I end up chasing a bunch of rabbits and then I get frustrated with the article I’m trying to write. Keep it up. Someone has said, “anything worth doing is worth doing badly, at first.” Not even Ernest Hemingway was a world class author over night.

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    • I do that too! I have learned the best way to stick to a subject and keep it all organized and concise, (which I don’t always do, but I probably should…) is to outline it and then go in and fill in the information building sentence by sentence and paragraph by paragraph. Like drawing a masterpiece, just with words.

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      • wedgewrites

        Yes. And I keep a personal journal where I let myself just ramble. Because sometimes that is the most gratifying way to write!

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