Waiting for Inspiration

You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.

– Jack London

I don’t know where London was when he said that. Perhaps in the wild.

Sometimes, I crack myself up.

It’s been a challenging week for this blog. Sometimes the ideas come fairly easily based on what is going on in life or what’s happening in the news. But in my effort to avoid talking about the news (you may thank me by hitting the tip jar on the way out), it’s been challenging to come up with daily topics.

Serious writers can’t wait for inspiration. If we did, words would rarely be written.

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And for darn sure, bills would never be paid.

In getting ready for this week, I made a mind-map in my Moleskine. It was pretty. But it was all over the place.

Still, at the end of the process I managed to come up with the five brilliant posts you have been reading this week.

You have been reading, haven’t you? Don’t make me turn this post around.

Some days, I’m full of ideas.

Don’t go there. Just don’t go there.

Other days I struggle to find words to put together.

I’m fortunate that my home office is full of things that inspire me. I’ve talked about that before. I have my books, a wall full of shows and other favorite things, my houseplants, Pandora, and generally beverage of choice.

On a side note, speaking of the houseplants, how long do you give a non-blooming amaryllis before it goes to the compost pile?

I digress.

If you’re a writer, or an artist, or a musician, or in anyway involved in the creative arts, you already know that you can’t just sit around waiting to be inspired.

Some days I feel like Godot will get here before inspiration strikes.

Look up the reference. It will do you good.

It might even inspire.



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