Inspiration is Overrated

As I said in my last post, it’s important to keep writing, even when you don’t want to write or you have no inspiration.

In fact, it turns out to be incredibly important to work without inspiration, through writer’s block and everything. One of my cabin mates at Camp NaNoWriMo said a few days ago that “Writing through writer’s block is like Superman looking through lead, it’s just not going to happen.”

Ironically, I sent out something about the overrated quality of inspiration, as did one of the NaNo people, who sent the second-week newsletter about the overrated quality of inspiration.

Writer’s Block is one thing, but lack of inspiration is commonly mistaken for writer’s block, which is why it’s important to keep writing. Waiting around for inspiration will leave you feel discouraged and lead to lack of work produced. As the newsletter said, “showing up” are two of the most important words in any discipline, and in writing that means writing, even if you have no idea where your work is headed. It will guide you, even if you don’t realize it, and the inspiration will show up even if you don’t notice.

Yes, there is really such a thing as writer’s block, and my recommendations in my blog post about getting the juices flowing applies in that case, changing direction, but keep writing. That’s the only way to beat writer’s block, lack of inspiration, or anything else that might come in the way of writing. Just keep writing, just keep writing, writing, writing…..




About Charlotte Blackwood

Charlotte Blackwood is a self-employed aspiring author working on perfecting her first novella/ first novel. She is a current student at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, CA. If you're looking for a reading list (someday she'll add her own works to the list), she's currently supporting Anna Karenina, anything by Dickens, anything by Tolkien, anything by JK Rowling, A Song of Ice and Fire, and The Hunger Games.

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