Inspiration is a funny thing, but unfortunately it's not funny enough to laugh at. Some days inspiration plays hide-n-seek and it can take days, weeks, months, and sometimes even years to find it. Inspiration is like a tornado that continually changes direction. I've spent a whole day digging for inspiration and come up with a goldmine; other times I've discovered a goldmine simply by throwing a pineapple in the garbage can.
Sometimes it's best to stop looking for inspiration and let it find you. After a while it will get cramped in its hidey hole and come crawling back when it realizes you aren't playing hide-n-seek anymore. Twenty-five percent of inspiration comes when I'm writing, seventy-five percent when I'm not. The harder you try to find inspiration the deeper it'll hide.
But how long do you wait for inspiration to come? It's not practical to bake cupcakes everyday, watch videos of mischievous cats every afternoon, or spend 365 days at Disney World while you are waiting for inspiration. When it's past time for inspiration to come, go to work without it. Yeah, I know it's a lot harder, but when you don't have paintbrushes you gotta use your fingers. Uninspired writing may look like a weed in a sunflower field, but it won't ruin the whole field. When inspiration finally arrives, you can always go back to that section and pull that weed and plant a flower.
Mariposa is a self-taught artist and aspiring children's author who captures the glories of God's creation on paper. She has a Ph.D. in creativity and a master's degree in imagination.
Aberdeen is a book-eating, ink-drinking dinosaur from the createtus period. When he isn't falling into plot holes or taking cover from the volcano of ideas, he's hanging out with Dee-Dee the doodledactyl. Read full bio