When Inspiration Flees…

by | 20 October 2017 | Writing | 20 comments

Writing is hard.

I think everyone who does it can agree: it’s tough. We cocoon ourselves up into little balls of insanity and sit and write words. Every day. Sometimesย all day.

Every now and then I just get those days where I don’t feel inspired to try. I know I could do it if I actuallyย did it, but I simply…don’t. For no explainable reason, there’s just a sort of ‘flop’ in my brain. I’m sure I’m not the only one.

But we’re writers. It’s what we do. How on earth do we manage when we don’t feel inspired toย write?

I’m glad you asked. ๐Ÿ˜› Though I certainly am not a wealth of all knowledge, here are three things I like to do when my inspiration throws itself out the window, off a cliff, and into a river (where it sinks and slowly floats out to sea and then gets eaten by a shark. Because that’s just what my inspiration does sometimes xD).

 

Step 1: I don’t force it.

Yes, you read that correctly. When my inspiration flops, I step back. I take a breakโ€”even if it’s just for an hour or two. If I try force myself to write, I’m going to end up with a whole lot of ‘flop’-feeling words, and I’ll regret it later.

 

Step 2: I do something relaxing I enjoy.

Sometimes this means reading an epic book, or playing my violin for an hour or so, or spending ages watching youtube videos on different martial arts moves. It could even mean scrolling through pinterest. *gasp* (Though, I recommend setting a time limit when it comes to pinterest.) It gives my brain a rest, and there’s so many inspiring things you can come across in books, music, art, or whatever you enjoy. Get outside! Look around you. Soak in the God-given inspiration that we literallyย live in.

 

Step 3: I try again.

After my session of inspiration, I often can dive back into writing, or plotting, or brainstorming. I’ve gotten some fresh air and my brain has successfully un-flopped.

Other times I still don’t feel inspired. And that’s okay. I just go back to step one and two and repeat. ๐Ÿ˜› It might mean I need a longer break. Maybe I need an early night for once, or I need to stop grinding out stories and enjoy someone else’s story, or I need to chat with some friends and they can pour some inspiration onto me.

 

Inspiration can be a flighty thing. It can disappear without any warning at all, but don’t forget, it can come back just as fast. You simply need to give it a chance.

 

 

Chat with me! What do you do when inspiration seems to be gone? What are some fun relaxing things you enjoy doing?

Jane Maree

Jane Maree

Jane Maree is an Adventurerโ€”exploring the endless wonders of Godโ€™s beautiful creation. She started writing by accident, but since the very beginning has loved the enchantment of words on paper. If you say anything about pizza, superheroes, books, or any of her many, many fandoms, sheโ€™ll come at the double. Aside from crafting worlds using only twenty-six letters, she is a passionate Jesus-lover, freelance editor, self-trained martial artist, songwriter, and musician. In her spare time, she's often off on random adventures in the name of story research. She seeks to inspire her readers to step out and become the heroes of hope this world needs.

20 Comments

  1. J.A.Penrose

    Wow! A great and relevant post again Jane! I often struggle with working out what to do when I don’t know what to do. It is often quite hard, but those are good things to be reminded of.

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    • Jane Maree

      Thank you, Jess! I definitely struggle with it a lot too.
      You could spend time on your hobbies–or you could learn something new, that’s always fun for me. ๐Ÿ˜›

      Reply
  2. Jenna

    awesome post, jane! i definitely feel that same floppiness sometimes. even though i really want to write, it does feel good to step away and read, knit, workout, or play piano and rest my fried brain.

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    • Jane Maree

      Glad to know I’m not alone. ๐Ÿ˜› Fried brains always appreciate that little extra bit of rest.

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      • Jenna

        yeah, not just after a lot of writing, but math too….
        M ental
        A buse
        T o
        H umans
        sorry, just needed to say that. algebra is hard

        Reply
        • Jane Maree

          Haha yes. I may or may not have a similar view on maths. xD

          Reply
  3. MiddleEarthMusician

    Loved this post; very true. Thanks for the tips! XD Inspiration is a flighty thing. *nods*

    Reply
    • Jane Maree

      You’re welcome! Inspiration likes to jump off of cliffs sometimes. xP

      Reply
  4. Jenna

    i was just looking at your editorial services. do you do beta reading too, or is that kinda the same thing as editing?

    Reply
    • Jane Maree

      Beta reading is basically the same thing as editing, yes. ๐Ÿ˜€
      For something at the beta stage, I would suggest just a Comprehensive Critique because the line edits are small details that don’t need to be fussed about for another draft or two.

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      • Jenna

        okay, thanks for the info Jane! ๐Ÿ™‚

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        • Jane Maree

          You’re welcome. ๐Ÿ˜€

          Reply
  5. Gray Marie

    This post is perfect, thank you!

    Reply
    • Jane Maree

      Aw, I’m glad it was helpful for you, Gray!

      Reply
  6. Quinley

    Awesome post, Jane!:)
    It was really helpful.
    -Quinley

    Reply
    • Jane Maree

      Thanks, Quinley! I’m so glad to hear it was helpful. ^-^

      Reply
  7. Jenna

    forgot to tell you. i think you would like the books/music on kingdomseries.com. Chuck Black’s books are fantasy and an analogy to the Bible. the music is so epic!

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    • Jane Maree

      Thanks for the recommendation! I’ll definitely check that out! ๐Ÿ˜€

      Reply
  8. Jem Jones

    Sometimes I don’t feel inspired… but usually I need to do the opposite of Point #1. Since the only writing I’ve been getting done is during Camp NaNo, I figure what I NEED is to just stick myself to my chair and write. That’s just me, though! xD

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    • Jane Maree

      Haha yes, that is a good point. Sometimes it’s a matter of actually sitting yourself down and starting anyway. ๐Ÿ˜›

      Reply

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