Today I feel inspired. I don’t know if it’s the storms outside or a change in attitude, but I woke up ready to write. That doesn’t happen very often. As much as I love to write, sometimes I just don’t want to. It’s hard to get into that head space with everything else going on in my life. Kids, husbands, school, jobs, laundry – how do you reconcile normal life with the creative zone where the writer lives?
Most successful writers would tell you that they rarely feel inspired to write. In order to be a writer, you have to write even when you don’t feel inspired – especially when you don’t feel inspired! Writing has to become a habit. And I’ve found that once I start writing, I can typically get into the swing of things. Even if it’s just a journal entry or free association or cluster outlines; anything to get you into that head space where words flow.
But sometimes, I sit in front of the computer and type and type, and it just doesn’t work. I’ll slam the laptop shut, frustrated and dejected, and the next time I have a chance to write, I don’t feel like it because I don’t want to feel frustrated again. I’ve learned that’s its okay to have off days. Some days the writing just flows, and it’s magic. Some days the well is dry and you’ve either hit a wall or everything you write sounds like an eight year old wrote it. The important part is to push past the frustration and remember why you’re writing.
It’s for you.
Try to find what inspires you. For me it’s rain and music. Pinterest helps me visualize my story and set up story boards. Keeping a journal helps too. I probably write in it once or twice a month; but it’s that place where I dump all the excess crap that’s blocking my mind and keeping me from writing.
Today I’m inspired by Fairy Tales; dark ones, spooky and creepy. Find what inspires you and keep putting words on the page. Inspiration will come.