You’d probably a) feel hurt or angry and b) stop playing.
What if it turned out you were “It” and everyone else was waiting for you to find them?
You’d probably a) stop feeling bad and b) start playing again by going out to find the others.
Some writers play a backwards game of hide-and-seek with inspiration. They’re in hiding, waiting for inspiration to find them.They don’t know that they are “It” and they should be out looking for inspiration.
Have you ever fallen unwittingly into this passive, invisible resistance?
- Freewrite about who or what inspires you
- Research who/what inspires you through reading, internet searches, talking with others, etc.
- Draw a cluster or mind-map
- Write a poem about who/what inspires you without naming the person or thing
- Explore what happens when you give an object or trait that inspires you to one of your characters; or what happens when you take that object or trait from a character
- Create a collage of people and things that inspire you
- Apply any of the tools and techniques suggested for when you don’t know what to write.
Most of us started writing because we were inspired, so it’s resasonable to draw the conclusion that inspiration leads to writing. It can, but it’s not the only trigger for writing.
If you’re never inspired, delighted and gratified by writing, why would you bother to continue? But there’s a whole lot of territory between “never inspired” and “only when inspired.”
It’s certainly is easier to get started when you’re inspired. And it’s far more engaging and satisfying to write when you’re inspired, when you get lost in the creative flow. But as delightful as inspiration is, it is not a requirement.
Welcome inspiration when it shows up, but don’t wait for it. If you write only when you’re inspired, you’ll spend far more time waiting than writing.
Bottom line: Do you want to be a waiter or a writer?