Inspiration Vs. Hard Work

I love writing. 
Until the days that I don’t. 
And then I just feel like finding other stuff to keep me busy. 
Needed ‘stuff’, that I have to do anyway… Just maybe not at that moment. 
Like cutting grass. Cutting grass is one of my most favorite things to do. 
But I could have done more of it today and less of it yesterday so I could have gotten more writing in. 
And yes, research for my second Creation Quest book is very important. (Check out the coat of arms for Heidelberg, Germany…) Just, not when I’m supposed to be working on my Action Kids and When Life Hands You Lymes books.

Yesterday I just kept coming up with things I should do, to keep me from doing what I needed to do.
Finally I texted my inspiring cousin and said:
I don’t feel like writing. Therefore the plan is for me not to get up until I have a Thousand words down.

And then I started writing. Thirty-four minutes later I had a thousand and ten words.
It felt good. And I went out and cut more grass.
In reality, I probably should have stayed in and written more, but at least it was a start.

Some days I have to make myself sit down and write.
Some days I have to decide what’s more important: doing what I feel like doing, or doing what I need to do. (Hint, feelings shouldn’t rank very high on my list at this moment…)
Other days I just want to write, write, write and it’s a lot of fun.

Inspiration isn’t always there.
But I’ve discovered I don’t have to have inspiration.
I have to have drive and purpose.
And that, I do have.

What about you? Can you relate? 

6 thoughts on “Inspiration Vs. Hard Work

  1. David Mabe says:

    Walking away from something to focus on another project isn't always a bad thing. I remember once seeing Linda Ronstadt talking about recording with Brian Wilson(founder of the Beach Boys). She said they would be in the middle of Brian recording his part and get frustrated with not being able to get it just right. He would take off the headphones and go sit at the piano and play something that wasn't even remotely related to what he was trying to record. After a few minutes of doing that, he would go back to the mic and lay down a perfect track. Walking away is necessary sometimes. Then we can come back to the project with a fresh mind. Great post, Aidyl. I hope you've had a great day. 🙂


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