It’s normal to hear people talking about inspiration as if it’ll solve any problem and as if it’s the major part, or rather plays a very big one, in being a writer (or any kind of artist, really), but if you’re a writer, you know that not to be true, and if you’re the kind of writer that waits for a moment of delightful inspiration in order to actually write… well, you’ll doing it wrong.
Inspiration is nothing when compared with all the hard work that writing actually involves. If you’re inspired today, that’s amazing, go, go off and write, but if you aren’t, you must try and do it anyway. You just need to pick up your laptop (or pen) and write, no matter what.
Actually, not being inspired can be a good thing. Why? Because you should explore all of your humors, moods and feelings in order to go deeper within your writing. Emotion is pretty good (even if we’re talking about a negative one) in order to improving your writing, especially if you’re working within the realm of fiction.
Bad moments are normal, and expected anyway, however, if you’re constantly feeling an absolute lack of motivation, you probably do need a bit of inspiration. Watch a movie, read a book, take a walk… Something will eventually make you feel better again, more like yourself and thus, like writing again. But, be careful!
Sometimes, you let yourself go, clutching to your inspired moments alone, and you feel like you’re writing like never before, the characters are perfect, the story flows at a speed never seen before and later face the reality of it… well, is it really an original idea? Is it good enough? Easy ideas are tricky…
“I’m not in the mood.”
It’s part of being a writer to feel passionate about writing, about your work, but it’s also a big part of it to deal with those moments where you found no passion at all, so let’s talk about how to get over them.
Imagine that you’re writing a novel and you get stuck in a certain part of it, but you know exactly how you’d want another part of your book to be written, so… go write it! Get back to the point you’re in now, when you’re finally ready.
Sometimes, a change of scenery is a great help too, go write anywhere else. There are other days when you need to start something totally new, maybe write a new book, within a different genre, or how about writing one paragraph of your story, using other character’s voice and deepest thoughts? Did you like it? So, go on, carry on then!
And, for me, the major rule (and the most difficult one to follow) is: try not to worry! If you worry too much, you’re not only harm your writing, you’re harming yourself, as no one is perfect all the time… Just accept that and keep on trying. It’s hard, but it’s definitely worth it.