Inspiration doesn’t always strike like lightning, although it certainly can. It’s wonderful when that happens. The manic, pressing need to get out all of the words and ideas as quickly as possible is a writer’s best friend. Needless to say, this usually only happens to me two hours in to an eight hour work shift. But I digress.
And then there’s those times when you want to write, and you know you should write. And no words come out. The process of writing feels more like pulling teeth. Those days are the worst. And the most frequent, at least for me.
It’s really easy to give up on those days. It’s easy to put it off until the next day. And the next day. And the next day. And that procrastination seems justifiable because you’re not inspired.
That’s when you have to stop waiting for inspiration to come upon you. Sometimes you have to hunt it down and beat it into submission. Push through. Force the words to come out. You have to finish the book somehow, and it’s too easy to slip into the rut of not writing.
Inspiration will find you on its own eventually. But until then…keep working.