When I didn’t write, I used to say I was waiting for inspiration. Which in turn meant that I really didn’t write a lot. It was just an excuse. I was procrastinating because I was waiting to be brilliant. But it doesn’t work that way. If you want to find inspiration, you need to work on your craft.
Inspiration exists but it has to find you working.
I know we can sometimes get into a funk about writing. Even as I write this I’ve spent the last four hours “catching up” on other things.
- My emails
- Reading other blog posts
- Folding laundry
- Social Media – especially Following my Pinterest plan courtesy of the Blog Share Learn 15 Minute Pinterest Strategy.
- Searching out new places to go in the Orlando areas
- Playing games on my phone
- Feeling guilty that I’m not writing (Oh, what a time waster that one is!)
But it really is all about putting your butt in the chair or in front of the easel or craft table, etc. and actually doing some work. Even if it’s awful. Even if you’re struggling with creating fresh and new work. Just get to your workstation and start. Let inspiration find you working.
Sometimes, for me, that’s sitting on the floor with a notebook in my lap and a pen in my hand as I write paragraphs of mostly nonsense that are waiting for my editor side to make some sense of. Other times, it’s working on the laptop, piecing it all together into a post.
To keep you going, here are some of my favorite inspirational posts. Use them to motivate you or use them as a creative muse or prompt. Just use them! 🙂
The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.
H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible;
and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
Francis of Assisi
Creativity doesn’t wait for that perfect moment. It fashions its own perfect moments out of ordinary ones.
You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.
To practice any art no matter how well or how badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.
Creativity is a habit and the best creativity
is the result of good work habits.
There is no science in creativity. If you don’t give yourself room to fail,
you won’t innovate.
Creative thinking – in terms of idea creativity – is not a mystical talent.
It is a skill that can be practiced and nurtured.
Edward de Bono
Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity.
It’s self-conscious and anything self-conscious is lousy.
You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.
This morning I still have a lot of work to do, I see that it isn’t easy
and will no doubt become much more difficult, yet have
unfaltering hope that I’ll succeed, and I’m also convinced
that I’ll learn to work by working and that
my work will become better and more substantial.
Vincent Van Gogh