I sat down to write this blog and discovered something:
My muse was mute. No, maybe said muse was still asleep. Actually, I think he (she? I’m never quite clear on that…) went on vacation and didn’t tell me. No postcard, no nothing.
Seriously, I sat there, staring at the keys and…
Come on, I urged my weary writer’s brain, there has to be something I can write today. Just one bit of inspiration…
My brain’s response? “HA!”
So, I turned to the Internet. Surely I could find a video that would spark a thought. Some moving, brilliant tidbit that would remind me of the joy of writing, the wonder of creation. Just a little spark that would flame into a blog. Funny thing is, there was! But it wasn’t the inspiration I expected. What I found was a video with a number of well-known writers saying the same thing:
And, much to my amazement—and amusement—that turned things around for me. Because, like many writers, I sometimes make writing more…mystical and magical than it is. Or I just make it harder because I’m sitting here waiting for inspiration. Oh, sure, there are those moments of brilliance, when you craft something so remarkable that you know there were divine Fingers guiding your digits as you typed. But there’s also the profound truth found in this short video.
If you want to be a writer…
We’ve all had days when the words don’t flow like clear water from a mountain stream…when instead they slog out like sludge from a decaying water hose. But this video reminded me…
Not feeling it today? Write.
Can’t figure out where the plot goes from here? Write.
Written yourself into a corner? Write.
So tired/depressed/busy/distracted/fill-in-the-blank that you just. Can’t. Do it? Write!
So the next time emotions or events or whatever gets in the way and tries to derail you from doing what God has tasked you to do, remember these simple words:
Want to be a writer? Sit down. Put your fingers on the keyboard. And…