Inspiration is Fleeting

Inspiration, that fickle little beast that makes you unable to concentrate, let alone do anything else until it uses your pen to leap onto the pageor at least that seems to be how it feels for me. Don’t let it fool you though. Inspiration is something that doesn’t show up often, and most times you might have a deadline.

You might not have time to wait for inspiration to strike. Don’t be waiting for it, lure it out with the following ways: you could sit down and determine to write on a writing prompt every day; you could get with your friends and pose hypothetical stories through brainstorming (a verbal Madlib if you will); you could read your favorite genre and use that as a jumping off point.

Never let lack of motivation or inspiration not firing paralyze you, because it will stop your dreams quickly, if not immediately. Sitting down and writing on somethingeven if it is a promptdoes many things for your imagination. It stimulates it, and keeps it stimulated so that you can go from prompt to writing project, whatever form that manifests itself in. The brainstorming just gets the story generator pumping through the system checks it needs to push out something for you. Reading your favorite genre usually does a little more though, simply because it reminds you of the necessary rules and limitations of the genre, as well as it puts you back in the role of the reader.

How To Address Writer’s Block

We all have it. That abrupt halt in the intense, speed-of-light journey that is writing. Some call it writers block, others see it as a need to figure out exactly what they are attempting to say. Whatever we call it (doesn’t matter), we all find ourselves slaves of this mystical force.

If I am blocked, which happens too often, I usually just start writing whatever enters my head. I do this until I feel some give to the wall of diamonds blocking the road to the completion of my prose or poetry. Therefore, just keep writing, the block is not permanent, it is simply an obstacle that, if properly worked through, will improve your writing as all negative things can improve you, given the chance.

Have you ever arrived to the point where you realize you haven’t written in months? Exercising your creative muscles is important, and ignoring it can be a major contribution to writer’s block. So even if you have to make time before bed, or work, or on your lunch break for 10 minutes, make time for writing. The daily practice will help you learn how to avoid or work through any mental blocks.

Once I return to writing after a long time away, I seem to always hit a wall, but all I do is laugh. It thinks it can stand against the force of creativity, but as a writer, I know better than to let it stop me. All we need to do is destroy it by continuing to write.

So, if you feel a block coming, don’t worry about the blinking cursor, or the blank sheet of paper. Fill them with fantastic stories until the block quits in despair.