Finding Inspiration and letting the words flow

Inspiration often comes in the form of ideas or words for me. When I want to write something the word just flow out of me onto the computer screen. If the words don’t flow, I know that I am not going to do well with the piece. I equate inspiration with word flow. If the words aren’t flowing, I’m not inspired. I have a lot of writing projects that I have abandoned because the words stopped flowing. Sometimes, I try to look for inspirations, but it isn’t a dog that you can call and have it come to you. On the other day, you can’t wait for inspiration to strike you like lightning. You have to be in a place where it is likely to strike.

Sometimes you have to look long and hard for inspiration. This can happen for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is a total lack of interest in what you think you want to write about. Other reasons include physical discomfort, lack of knowledge of the subject, or external demands on your time and resources. If you feel that you should be doing something else, you are not inspired to write that piece. It’s as simple as that.

Another way to look for inspiration, if you absolutely have to write about that topic, is to relax, open your mind’s eye and look for inspiration. That’s where it will show up. Don’t wait for it to come to you. Go out and find it. If you are not inspired to write that poem or short story. Stop. Write something else. Do the dishes, vacuum, or sweep the floors. Go for a walk. Inspiration could join you in your alternate endeavor. If you look for inspiration you will find it. It’s all around us. Look around for inspiration, sometimes all you need to find it is to shift your focus to something else. We all get tired and inspiration can leave us if we are tired. That’s my point.

It’s not always that clear cut, however. Sometimes you have to look long and hard for inspiration. This can happen for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is a total lack of interest in what you think you want to write about. Other reasons include physical discomfort, lack of knowledge of the subject, or external demands on your time and resources. If you feel that you should be doing something else, you are not inspired. It’s as simple as that.

So, if the words aren’t flowing, make yourself comfortable first. Then, if the words still aren’t flowing. Close your eyes and think about what you are writing about. Inspiration will come to you, just relax and find it. If that still doesn’t work, try writing something else. Write something else.

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I am not one who is comfortable talking about myself but here goes. I enjoy writing, family history, and reading. I decided to do this blog because I wanted to try something new. I decided to make it a weekly blog because I wasn't sure that I could keep up with a daily one, and monthly seemed like I was writing a magazine. I think I did ok with my choices. You'll notice that there are not a lot of graphics on my site. That's because there are graphics plastered everywhere on the Internet and those sites sometimes take forever to load. This blog is a place where you can kick back, relax and be ready to be amused. At least I hope I willbamuse you. This blog is on a variety of subjects from my ficitional cat agency, the FFL, which is monthly, to instructional blogs to editorials, which are my opinions only. I admit that I don't know everything and could be wrong -- I frequently am. Now, stop reading about me and read what I have to say!

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