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Inspiration? Right…

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.

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Escrever? Vem da alma… – Writing? It comes from the soul…

Quantos de nós já ouvimos alguém dizer que até gostaria de escrever, mas… não sabe o quê. Pois é, para um escritor isto não acontece. Porque para quem ama a escrita, escrever vem da alma. É algo que lá está, não precisamos de um tema, ou uma história muito complexa, as palavras brotam para o papel ou para a tela do computador, saídas directamente do coração.

Para mim, é isto que é um escritor. As ideias surgem, uma após a outra e aos poucos algo vai sendo contruído. Um texto, um poema, uma pequena história. E é, muitas vezes a partir destas ideias soltas, que me surge a verdadeira história, aquela que será estudada e organizada para formar um novo livro.

Acredito que é isto que nos torna escritores. Estudar? É bom. Todo o conhecimento é bom, mas o verdadeiro escritor tem algo dentro de si, que faz com que as palavras fluam naturalmente, formando frases bonitas, que constroem histórias que nos fazem sonhar.

É bom conhecer e estudar teorias, praticar as técnicas mais importantes do mundo da literatura, ler muito, pesquisar ainda mais, mas a nossa intuição e amor à escrita fará o principal trabalho. O que escrevemos espontaneamente provém das nossas experiências pessoais e é assim, que surgem as ideias mais originais.

Assim, se ainda estão na fase de dizer “qualquer dia”, quando esse dia, na verdade, parece nunca chegar, está na altura de se sentarem e escreverem. O que vos vier à cabeça. Não esperem pelo momento perfeito, pela inspiração, apenas escrevam.

Proponho um exercício a todos aqueles que sonham ser escritores, ou que já o são: peguem num papel e numa caneta, ou abram uma página em branco no vosso programa de escrita e simplesmente escrevam. O que primeiro vos vier à cabeça, sem censuras nem preocupações. Que tal saiu?


How many times have you heard someone talk about how he or she would like to write, but… don’t know what they’d write about. That’s right, for a write it doesn’t really happen, because for those who love writing, it sort of comes from their soul. There’s something from the inside, we don’t need a theme, or a very clever story, the words just sprout in the paper or in your computer screen… they come directly from your heart.

For me, that is what actually makes a writer. The ideas come up, one after another, and, bit by bit, something is built. A small text, a poem, a short story. And, many a time, from these simple ideas, you come up with a really good story, one which will be thought about regularly and organized, becoming a new book.

I believe that is what makes us writers. Studying? Yes, it’s good. All knowledge is important, yet, the real writer has something inside him, something that makes words flow in a natural manner, creating gorgeous sentences, for stories which make us dream.

It’s good to know, research and study theories, practicing the most important techniques in the literary world, read a lot and research even more, but your intuition and your love for writing will do the main work. What you write spontaneously, come from your personal experiences and that’s the way to reach the best original ideas.

That being said, if you’re still left saying “someday”, when in truth that day seems to never come, it’s time for you to sit down and write. It doesn’t matter what. What it’s about, what will connect it all… Write whatever comes to your mind. Do not wait for the perfect moment or for some sort of inspiration or epiphany, just write.

Actually, I propose an exercise to all of you, writers and writers-to-be: just pick up a pen and paper, or open a blank page on your favorite writing program and just start writing. Write anything. The first thing that comes to your mind, without any kind of censorship or concerns on your mind. Now, what came out? And what will you make of it?