#26: Three Short Notes on Writing When You Don’t Feel Inspired

In case you need a boost today.

#26: Three Short Notes on Writing When You Don’t Feel Inspired
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Not in the mood

We will have bad days.

We’ll find ourselves fumbling for phrases, trying to fill in the awkward pauses. Pacing back and forth, we’ll hope the muse visits at the last minute. We’ll wish for a spark, just enough to set ideas free from the abyss of our tired minds.

Then, we’ll write.

Even when it doesn’t feel a hundred percent right. With messy sentences and a stack of drafts, we’ll weather through the apathy. We’ll pick up the pen and drop unrealistic expectations for breakthroughs — believing that though today our best work may not be born, the hours we’ll put in could bring greatness forth someday.

Showing up makes a world of difference.

Inspiration took a rain check

The rain just stopped pouring, and there’s the parchment-colored sunlight shining on the front yard. I’m sitting by the garden, staring at the lush green grass long overdue for a trim.

And I have no clue what to write about today.

I have content ideas scribbled on a thin blue notebook and a few sloppily typed prompts on Notion, but I don’t feel excited by any of them.

Ever feel this way too?

I watched The Story of Diana, finished a bottle of Coke, and won in a staring contest with my dog. But nada. Inspiration took a rain check.

Yet here I am furiously typing at the keyboard, writing.

Because I’m slowly unlearning the pressure to come up with life-changing or brilliant content every single time.

On some days, we create gems worthy of being stored in the treasure chests of our readers’ minds. Other times, we write pieces we think belong in the wastebasket.

But one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, right?

When I was eighteen, a friend once offered a salve after I opened up about my insecurities. “You’re beautiful, but you can’t recognize it — because you’re overfamiliar with it. You see yourself every day in the mirror. You’re used to it, so you can’t see it.”

And maybe sometimes that’s how we see our work too.

Why do I even want to write?

You’re staring at a blank page and its taunting cursor.

You have your outline ready and research notes handy. But you can’t work out the words — even after three cups of coffee at 6 AM.

Sounds all too familiar?

Nope, I wasn’t stalking you. I know because I’ve been there too. Countless times. But recently, I found a trick to get me going.

It’s intention.

In The Artful Edit, Susan Bell shares a self-editing guide. And the first one on the list is knowing where you’re going with your writing.

What do you want it to accomplish?

Do you want to share your story to encourage? Or do you wish to publish helpful ideas?

It has been easy for me to figure out why I wanted to start a newsletter or work as a writer. I guess it’s like that with the big things. But I struggle with the small steps because I get caught up in the moment and forget why I’m even in it.

So before you sit down and sink your teeth into writing, you can ask yourself: Why do I want this piece of writing to live?

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