You don’t need inspiration. Being creatively stimulated is… well, it’s necessary. But some people believe they should wait for inspiration before they begin writing.

Inspiration needs to be stoked, prodded, and probed. It should not be your muse. Inspiration should be your therapist. Go to it for answers or, at least, for a sounding board. If you find yourself waiting for inspiration, then stop waiting and begin the search.

Provoke your creativity. Work—that’s right work—at being inspired. Otherwise, you will always be at the mercy of your inspiration. This can’t be because you will sometimes feel like you don’t want to write.

And you have to write.

Inspiration is beside the point. Don’t let it have power over you. A writer should always be able to sit down and put words on the page.

Try thinking of it as breaking a wild horse. Tame your inspiration and bring it under control. Then go galloping bareback through the fields. The point is that inspiration should be something you ride into the sunset. If you let it ride you, you may not go anywhere.


Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work. -Stephen King

photo: Alice Donovan Rouse