Writing on Demand – Inspiration vs Perspiration
So today I have been musing upon where inspiration goes when it goes! Is there a giant cloud upon which all the inspiration gathers once it has floated off and left a person? Does it sit there mocking those that try to write without it? Does it leave undeserving people and are some blessed permanently with it? Is it just luck where and when you find it and lose it? Can you catch it again or is it like trying to grab a fish in water? And the 64 thousand dollar question, can you still write without it?
Writing for other people is a tricky business. In some ways it feels like you are selling out, even though you know you have to make a living, and you deserve to be paid for your work because it is good, it still feels a bit …well….wrong. Today I spent a long time looking at the computer screen, having already written over 1000 words over three different topics, inspiration had left the building! Perhaps there is a time limit or should I say a word limit on inspiration. Perhaps I should count myself lucky that I got 1000 words?
Who even knows what inspiration is, it’s so indefinable, it feels spiritual and otherworldly, it seems to be something that all artists gain and loose at various moments. How many times have we heard about artists needing muses to work, or authors getting writers block? One of my favourite authors Irvin D Yalom, in a last ditch and very unique attempt to help a woman suffering from various issues, not least of which was severe writers block, suggested that she write down her experience of therapy, saying all the things she could not say in Yalom’s presence. Yalom (her therapist) also did the same, and several months later they swapped notes in what must have been a very brave exchange, the resulting notes and words and reflections ended up in Yalom’s book “Every Day Gets a Little Closer – A twice told therapy”. Did it help? One day I’ll finish the book and let you know, but I’ll save procrastination for another blog post!
Having to write can be cathartic, it can open the flood gates for inspiration to come back in, having this blog helps, it seems in some way to re-soak the sponge. Perhaps that’s it – perhaps inspiration always exists within us and it just needs replenishing before you can draw on it again.
I would love to hear where other people get their inspiration from, what replenishes your sponge?
Posted on June 27, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged art, content writing, copywriting, found, inspiration, irvin d yalom, literature, lost, muse, soul, therapist, woman suffering, writing, yalom. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.