Show up and get to work…and at the same time, listen to where the writing wants to take you. Dinty W. Moore
I’ve been published. Okay, now what? Wait for more inspiration? Ever since I was a child, I’d create a sentence in my mind and think, wow, that would make a good opening to a novel.
Or, I’d be washing dishes and an idea would pop into my head. What a great premise for a story! I told myself.
Story ideas would float in and out of consciousness my whole life, so it only seemed natural that stories come from inspiration, right?
Well, yes and no.
Yes, the idea has to somehow form, but what do I do with it? If the formation of a story, essay, blog post, etc., ends with the last dish dried, then I’ve got nothing. I can’t call myself a writer if I’m not actually writing.
There are two things that stop me from writing:
- Having no ideas
Actually, you can probably take the no ideas excuse out and just call it plain laziness. I had no idea what I was going to write about today, yet here I am. Why? What’s the difference between today and every other day I let this blog lie dormant? Did I have more ideas today?
The truth is I had no more of a clue what I was going to do today than any other day. The only difference, and this is a big one, is that I set an intention to write.
Sure, it’s easier to write when I know beforehand what I want to write about. But those days are not the norm. Most days I say, “I got nothin’.” Most of those days I don’t work at writing.
Today, I still said I had nothing. But I showed up to work.
And I worked.