Waiting. Wishing. Muttering a little. At some point in our writing endeavours haven’t we all been in that state of limbo where we have an idea but need a little inspiration to get it underway?
Just yesterday I contemplated my Monday post and its conclusion that “without passion there are no words worth writing.” I’ve been waiting for passion, knowing that without it, whatever I write will lay on the page like dead meat on a plate.
I’m looking for magic, while forgetting I’m the magician. The words are somewhere within me, waiting to be released, but I hold off, wanting to filter them into perfect form as they emerge. “Where is Ms. Muse when I need her?”
And the reply comes back, “Why should I write it for you? I’m willing to help, but for pete’s sake, you need to give me something to work with. It doesn’t have to be genius. Start simply. Then I’ll help you develop it into something special.”
Misty Massey reminds us on her Magical Words blog: “If you want to be a writer, you have to write… Sit down, find the words, and put them together into a story.”
One of the people responding said, “It sounds almost too simple, when you don’t feel inspired and the blank page is glaring at you…but it really is that simple, because the inspiration or muse (or whatever it is) usually won’t visit until *after* you start writing. So I’d better get back to work!” (Quillet)
Best selling author Neil Gaiman says, “This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until it’s done. It’s that easy, and that hard.”
Yes, it can be hard. That’s why we call it work, and no-one is going to do it for us. Not even Ms. Muse.
Are you waiting for the magic, or making it happen?
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