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The Power of Inspiration

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I have been struggling a lot the past few weeks with my writing.  I just don’t feel like doing it.  When I sit down to the page, nothing comes to me, and when it does, it feels forced.  I like nothing that I write.  This is unusual for me.  I don’t have huge blocks of time to write so when I do get the opportunity, I usually just pour it all out, sometimes finishing drafts within an hour or less.  I feel an energy surge through me and a sense of joy that I am doing what I love.

Not so much these past few days.  After speaking with my life coach last week, he reminded me that I always felt inspired at those times of writing flow.  He encouraged me to write on the page “I don’t know what to write” if I was feeling uninspired.  I did this today and kept writing it until my pen started coming up with ideas about what I should be writing – that book that came to me when my daughter asked me to read her a book – or that other book that was sparked by my son’s funny story after school.  I soon wanted to open up a manuscript I had started right after my aunt passed away 6 months ago, inspired by something that my daughter said to me.  The words poured out of me (along with many tears).  I wrote a draft in 20 minutes.  It was the most emotionally charged writing I have every done – and maybe my best.

It got me thinking.  I must not underestimate the power of inspiration.  I don’t care how many ideas I have for books.  If they are not inspired internally, pushing me on some emotional level, I really struggle.  Maybe this isn’t every writer’s process, but I just discovered that it is for me.  I need to stick with the projects that made me stop and write something down…the notes I left myself to put something together with them later.  That is what brings me to the page energized and focused.   I learned an important lesson today on my writer’s journey.