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Don't wait for inspiration

Updated: Jul 17, 2022

When I was teaching at BSU, I would often have a similar conversation with several of my composition students.

They would tell me that they had to wait to write until they felt inspired.

And sure, there is nothing better than writing while you are inspired!

I think of it like Mario Kart. When you get the Star.

The Star gives you the power of invincibility.

Nothing can hurt you. You simply go faster. Your game is elevated.

And its a great feeling!

And being inspired when you do your creative work is very much the same.

You can just feel it, and it flows.

Decisions are made easier. Transitions smoother.

Making while inspired is just better.

But the problem is that we don't always feel inspired.

That we might have felt great Monday, but it is Tuesday morning, I've got a headache, I don't feel like doing the work, but the work definitely needs to get done.

And so it is easier to say, well I'll just wait to do this until I'm inspired.

But in the real world, in the professional world, the deadline doesn't consider how you might feel about the work.

So it's a dance.

We often wait for inspiration, when really inspiration is waiting for us.

Waiting for us to start the work, to show up.

To look at the blank page, and start writing anyways.

Even if we don't feel like it. Especially if we don't feel like it.

Inspiration appears when we do the work, not the other way around.

Here's to staring at the blank page.


Thanks for reading :) Below I've got some links to some of my other content. I'd love it if you would check it out!

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