Writing 105

Writing Tip #5
“Inspiration usually comes during work, rather than before it.”
-Madeleine L’Engle

I wish I could tell every struggling creative this! Waiting for inspiration is like waiting for rain in the desert… when it finally does arrive, it drowns you. But, in the meantime (i.e. the waiting period) it devastates you.

The best way to break-up your “block” is to sit down and do it = Write. Paint. Draw. Program. Record. Sing. Play. Build. Model. Create, even if it is sh*t.

The process of creation is what moves you past where you are (“stuck”) towards where you want to be. Yes, you need to break up your creative process with something completely different so you don’t go mad, but you also need to create in order to be creative.

Start-Right-Now.

Do it even if the beginning feels like you are slugging through mud up to your waist. Do it even if you feel un-creative. Do it even if it sucks at first.

Isn’t your dream worth it? Isn’t the fire burning within you, calling out to be creative, worthy of your attention? Isn’t turning your dreams into goals and then turning those goals into a tangible reality worth it to you?

If it isn’t, that’s fine. Don’t do it.

The real question is will you regret not pursuing it later on in your life? Will you be able to live with the fact that you never tried?

My answer is, of course, yes. I would regret not pursuing writing because I have an innate love for the craft that I can’t even put into words. It is a feeling. And it is with that feeling that I move forward towards my dreams turned goals turned tangible reality because I know that not trying is the biggest mistake I could ever make.

I don’t know how to not write because it comes as naturally to me as breathing. I don’t even have to think about it and I’m writing. That feeling within your belly, that desire is worth your attention, I assure you, and if you give that feeling its dues it will reward you for your attention.

How do you want to spend your time?

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