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Writing: You Cannot Wait for Inspiration

Waiting for inspiration is often an excuse for not writing.

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Yes, the Old Soldier is going for controversey this morning.

It is nearly 9:00 AM in Pittsburgh.  I was thinking of shaving in the shower in about an hour; but if I do that I may not do any window cleaning.  I only have so much ambition when it comes to domestic chores so that if I do one thing the other thing will not get done.

Writing is different.  I write no matter what.

It was not always that way.  It use to be that I only wrote when something inspired me to write.  Inspiration was everything.  Waiting for inspiration made me “feel” like a writer.  It is one reason that I never went into journalism.  In journalism you have deadlines and those deadlines will be met whether you are inspired or not.  If you don’t meet them you won’t have a job for long.  At least not as a journalist.

I ended up dropping out of Duquesne University (in the photo above) here in Pittsburgh when I was very young because I was taking journalism and I did not want to meet the deadlines that are a part of the life of every writer that works for a magazine or newspaper or any other media that deals with print and printing schedules.

Well, guess what?

Now I’m a content writer, and although I don’t have any fast, hard deadlines, if I want the page views I do have to meet certain self-imposed deadlines. 

And I want the page views.

Here’s a flash fiction story you may enjoy: Nude-Tone Pantyhose.

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22 Responses to “Writing: You Cannot Wait for Inspiration”
  • mphsglo
    June 6th, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Very nice share. I have plenty of inspiration, right now, but, not enough time to write about them. So, I just take it one day at a time.

  • yellow rose
    June 6th, 2011 at 8:23 am

    nice share…

  • megamatt09
    June 6th, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Very good points.

  • Alyssa M.
    June 6th, 2011 at 8:24 am

    nice one guy.. this serves as an inspiration.. If you have time, take a look also at my articles. Thnks. happy writing!!

  • useless786
    June 6th, 2011 at 8:30 am

    niceeeee

  • UncleSammy
    June 6th, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Nice Share

  • LoveDoctor
    June 6th, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Lovely view. A good inspirational piece.

  • webseowriters
    June 6th, 2011 at 9:34 am

    A useful entry indeed

  • Jimmy Shilaho
    June 6th, 2011 at 9:36 am

    My point exactly. Professionals can’t wait for inspiration to visit, the look for it. I have often told writers the same thing. A doctor doesn’t report to the hospital because there are patients, patients come to the hospital to see the doctor. People come to the net to see what we have written and that is why we can’t just sit waiting for inspiration but must write under whatever circumstances.

  • Diane Ziomek
    June 6th, 2011 at 9:46 am

    I find waiting for inspiration to be non-productive, as days or weeks can go by without being inspired. I try to write something every day, whether it be in my book, online sites or Blogging. Some days I write more than others, but at least I have written something. This article got my vote!

  • Atanacio
    June 6th, 2011 at 10:23 am

    once again top notch article– hmm :)

  • quiet voice
    June 6th, 2011 at 11:15 am

    ….You are funny when you don’t try to be…shave or windows? Discipline is the key in writing. True too. Thanks.

  • Ruby Hawk
    June 6th, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Guy, you are so right, you have to sit down and get cracking if you want to get out an article.

  • martie
    June 6th, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    I always have inspiration. It’s that blank page in front of me telling me if I don’t write something I won’t have money to pay the bills or to eat. There is nothing like the thought of sitting in a dark house with an empty stomach to inspire you to write!

  • Cyni1106
    June 6th, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Once again your article was a nice peice of work. Like ready someone’s diary. I look forward to your daily post. It brings a smile to my face. Inspiration comes in little sperts. You can write about anything you think of and make it a good piece. That is a good thing. :)

  • PR Mace
    June 6th, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    I am the same way , I hate to have to think about meeting a deadline. But that being said I have given myself a goal of writing six stories or articles a month. I usually always get my six and sometimes more. Hope you got your windows washed and maybe tomorrow you can shave your head.

  • Aiyanna
    June 6th, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Anything around you can influence and make you write in volumes. All it takes is that little spark within you and the will to pursue to reproduce it on paper that would etch it in the corridors of history. All of us get sources and bursts of inspiration at any point in time, but how many of us go Wow, that is wonderful, lets write it down… I know many a times I get the burst of inspiration and don’t have a dictophone or paper to write it on and it just disappears to reappear at a later stage and quite different from the first one…
    Its always a good idea for writers to walk around with a notebook (yes I get teased about it but trust me it helps) and pen as it really helps you put your thoughts together in one place.
    Off late, I have been carrying my laptop around and jotting when I get a good spot to sit down and post instantly too.
    Like this one a lot…

  • Lord Banks
    June 7th, 2011 at 6:24 am

    My goal when I started with Triond was one article or short story a day and I did this for over a year without fail so a dead line was met all be it a self imposed deadline. Since numerous hospital visits I have lost my rythm and I’m doing around 20 pieces a month not enough but I have had 510 published pieces now and I’m finding I have almost completed my circle of ideas, unless I get out more meet new people or have different experiences? being house bound until very recently meant you use your imagination almost to breaking point! I need imputous of new experiences. Good work here. LB

  • deedaG50
    June 7th, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    So true. I have worked with self imposed deadlines and those were the best days for me. Will disregard other things and go back to that. Thanks Guy.

  • Payge
    June 8th, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    I really dont look for inspiration to write because I did I would not write.I just pick a phrase or word I saw or heard and roll it around in my head for a few days.Then I go to my keyboard and put my thoufhts down then edit edit edit untill its right to publish.I find I get my best work that way.

  • Adam Henry Sears
    June 9th, 2011 at 8:57 am

    I agree completely with your writing attitude. I also try to make sure that I write everyday. Not only does it become a good habit, it means that I’m getting done what I want to get done. Little by little, bit by bit, anyone can write a novel, so long as they stick to their daily writing routine. Not only that, but I’ve noticed that it is more often when I am writing that I am inspired to write. I get a good day often and can come up with some really original ideas. Anyway, like I said, I agree completely. You can’t wait for inspiration, you got to go get it.

    Thanks for sharing, and have a good day.

  • roe hill
    June 10th, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Nice share.

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