Ooh, that scary word! There’s a whole lot of meaning wrapped in that one word, isn’t there? It’s such a charged word — one that can empower you and terrify you at the same time.
How do you find it? How do you keep it? And maybe most importantly, how do you get that elusive inspiration back when it’s suddenly gone?
I’m feeling so…disconnected from writing lately. Imposter syndrome, maybe? Whatever it is, I can’t help but feel discouraged. I accomplished so much in 2017, and it’s like I haven’t found that same momentum in 2018 yet. What if I’ve peaked as a writer?
Sometimes, usually out of frustration, I’ll just blurt out, “That’s it. I have nothing original left to say!” (shout-out to whoever picked up on that Frasier reference!). And, honestly, that’s exactly how I feel. I’m not being extra, which, I know, does sound a bit extra in itself. Maybe I’m saying it out of fear? Being all out of ideas is a fate worse than death for us writers, and I’ve really been fearing that blank page (err, computer screen) lately!
Plus, there’s sort of a catch-22 to this whole thing: Taking a step back and recharging is always a good way to get that inspiration back, but everything moves so fast on the Internet. So, actually taking a break would cause me MORE stress in the long run, which would sap any inspiration I had accumulated, you know? It’s a very tricky and complicated situation, as you can see!
I did get back into my usual routine last week of going to the library to work…and then I got sidelined by this wonderful cold/flu hybrid. Ack!!! Thwarted again!!
So, friends, how do you find inspiration when you need it most? Where do you find it? Are there certain sources that you keep going back to, like books or family…or pets? I’d love to put our heads together and come up with some great inspiration in the comments!! xoxo