Inspiration is a tough thing to pinpoint. What is inspiration? What exactly is it that triggers inspiration? Where does it come from…from within, a muse, or outside stimuli? Why is something that is supposed to come in a flash so difficult to grasp and make use of? Those and a thousand other questions could keep all of us up at night for a lifetime just pondering them. I have literally sat at my desk for hours and hours waiting for that wonderful moment to spring forth and bless me with an idea only to be completely disappointed. I have listened to music, read poetry, looked over my older works, talked to other writers and creatives, looked at paintings and photographs, tried to will it, force it, threaten it to appear but all to no avail. When did it finally show up? After I had given up on it ever happening. Apparently, inspiration doesn’t like to be threatened or forced. It wants you to quietly sit and wait for it to appear…just like Santa Claus does on Christmas Eve after all the little children have fallen into a deep slumber after waiting so impatiently for him. Some say that good things can’t be rushed and inspiration is definitely one of the best things, at least for a writer. Of course, there are also those times when the last thing on your mind is writing or inspiration and an idea just pops into your head out of nowhere. So, I’ve decided that the best way to invite inspiration in is to ignore it. Don’t try to force or lure it into appearing. Now if I can only figure out how to do that.
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