Waiting for inspiration

By | October 25, 2016

Inspiration is a slippery concept, whether it refers to writing a novel or writing a web article. The definition, by Webster’s dictionary, Wikipedia, and other primary sources, comes from different conceptions – for some, it is something that makes somebody want to do something, others see inspiration as an unconscious creativity bursting.
The Greeks worshiped the Nine Muses that inspired the artists. For many decades, it was believed that the source of creation is a divine force. In the 18th century, the theory that ideas are linked through human thinking was developed and new studies in psychology in the 20th century concluded that creativity is not just a feature of a single person, but a common factor which varies per situations or contexts. Another factor that affects creativity is the ‘psychological distance,’ a concept that describes everything that is not presented here but changes the mindset and worldview. It also refers to the physical world where adjacent elements are absorbed as by their structure, color or functionality, while from a distance, they get more abstract meanings.

Let’s start with a habit

Begin with an individual and before you know it you have created a type (Scott Fitzgerald)

How to write with inspiration and how to keep it for long? Some writers can keep on writing their masterpieces for decades. Hard as it can be, it can become even more complicated when a writer should face a deadline, though some are at their best when they should write 5,000 words assay (for example) in no time. Others find themselves rearranging the room, cleaning the computer, and doing various unnecessary things before they can even start getting the right mode for writing.
The conclusion could be, that if you want to wait for inspiration, just do it. Finally, it will come to you, or not, probably not. Or, floating with the current stream of knowledge and science, it becomes evident that inspiration is under one’s control. It happens that writing does not just flow. Sometimes it takes the time to get into it, but it eventually becomes more technique-friendly as the habits and the surrounding become more beneficial for the process.
Most advisors find that developing habits can help a writer focus on a mission. Habit can be anything that lets the passion become an inspiration –  meditation techniques, music, eating chocolate (bad habit!), as long as one holds the pattern that triggers the writing process.

 The personal attitude

If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time or the tools to write (Stephen King)

I am a freelancer, so I’m not committed to hours. I cannot say that I have a biological inspiration clock – Sometimes it’s done well when I write late at night, sometimes it should be early in the morning.
It happens that I have to write about very different subjects. I cannot say that the work is done better when the topic is interesting, but it’s  obviously done faster when I had written about this issue before.
So, where to find the right individual habits that make it easier to write with inspiration? Mostly by trying. One can make a daily or weekly schedule for writing projects, or a diary that acknowledges him about work in progress. Practices can include the preparing of the place for work, such as turning off devices, so no distractions appear during the process.
But the right environment for writing can be triggered by things that you cannot even know they exist. For example, do you write better when the room is chilled? Do sunny days make you inspired? Small changes in the atmosphere, like opening the window to the singing of birds or turning off the air condition can affect your daily work routine.
Sometimes it’s a good idea to build an alternative writing surrounding – a hut in the woods can be great, or just closing the curtains while working.
Tools used for writing can be very inspirational, but sometimes it’s just not working. Using a computer or an app as writing equipment can be useful, but so are a pen and a little notebook. You can find that making small changes can affect the way you are inspired.
Good advice is best when it’s useful, but creation is such a hard process, so some writers prefer to suffer their whole day through to accomplish their mission. So, they create habits like sitting in a dark room or filling the air with cigarettes’ smoke (a habit that once considered a natural birth environment for fiction ideas). It seems that you can do whatever gives you the continuity and the inspiration for writing. But, don’t forget to stretch a bit.

The writing block

First there was nothing at all (Hide and seek, Howard Jones)

So, you tried to keep the passion and the right atmosphere, but the writing block is here? Few techniques can be helpful, depends on which type of person you are – some must take a break to refill their sources, others must be concentrated to keep their ideas clear.
One method is a ‘writing sequence’ technique – just writing any thought without interfering the stream of thoughts. This enthusiasm should turn into more crystallize ideas.
Distance psychology is another good way – to see things from a far perspective, like touring or reading about distance places. Diving deep into stories is an adventure that can board imagination. But, don’t give the ideas take over you, write them on notes and copy to a table, so you can use them later.

Not that the story need be long, but it will take long write to make it short (Henry David Thoreau)

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