What if it turned out you were “It” and everyone else was waiting for you to find them?
Are you playing a backwards game of hide-and-seek with your writing? Are you hiding, waiting for inspiration to find you when you should be out looking for inspiration?
If you’re waiting to write, you’ve got it backwards.
We don’t write because we finally figured out what to say – we figure out what to write as we write.
We don’t write when the resistance goes away – the resistance goes away when we write.
We don’t write when the time is perfect – time becomes perfect when we write.
- Freewrite about who or what inspires you
- Freewrite about who or what infuriates you
- Create a collage of people and things that inspire you
- Research who or what inspires you: read, talk to others, search online
- Take a walk and get curious about what you see, hear, smell or touch
- 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 that inspires you to one of your characters; or what happens when you take that object from a character
- Google “writing prompt” and so you don’t waste time trying to find the prompt that inspires you the most, just do the third one you find
- Practice writing the way a musician practices scales; select seven words at random, repeat the first word and start writing about those words
- List things you’d like to write about someday
Bottom line: Do you want to be a waiter or a writer?