You know those times. The times where all you want to do is write, but you can’t for the life of you string the words together. The motivation is there, you have plenty of time, but for some reason, your brain has quit on you and there’s no starting it up again. You have all the other things you need in abundance, but the inspiration isn’t there.
Sometimes, the inspiration is the most important part.
Discipline Over Motivation
The motivation to write comes and goes. Sometimes we feel up to it, sometimes we don’t. But motivation isn’t important, not if you’re disciplined that is. You can force yourself to write when you need to. Motivation is not what you need, it’s discipline. Motivation we can live without.
Time is also pretty irrelevant. Everyone always says they don’t have enough time, but a common thing you’ll find with a lot of those people, is that they spend a large portion of their weekends meeting with friends and watching TV. They do have time, they just don’t want to use it wisely. Again, with discipline, you can change that. You can use your time in a productive way.
It’s when inspiration vanishes, that we may have a problem on our hands.
When inspiration vanishes, sure, you can force yourself to write, but it just doesn’t feel right. It feels pointless, as if you’re writing for the sake of writing rather than writing to free your soul. The best writing comes when we feel as though we have a story within us that the world needs. Writing in under any other circumstance doesn’t quite feel the same.
That’s where writing prompts come in.
Inspiration, Writing Exercises; General Written Nonsense
Writing prompts are useful for all three.
They are great not only because they get you out of your writing slump, but also because they do it entirely on their own. There’s no thinking on your part; no excessive planning required. You simply read the prompt, pick up your pen, and write.
That was the best thing about Angela Murphy. She wasn’t just the hottest girl in school, she actually smiled too. The combination wasn’t common.
Your daydream was interrupted by Mr Howard’s voice. “Timothy, could you please come to the front for your presentation?”
Shoot. Not now. Not like this.
As you stood, the entire class erupted into a chorus of laughter. And as you looked down, you knew exactly why…
Where To Go From Here?
Do you go with the obvious, and describe the awkward atrocities of a teenage boy being asked to stand in front of his class whilst he’s clearly a little ‘over-excited’? Or do you switch it up and write a scene in which his leg has fallen off?
Whatever you choose to make happen, make sure you really work on those crisp sentences, and hone in on that written voice. Scenes like this are great exercises to work on these two features, simply because of the teenage protagonist. You can really explore your sassy side with this one.
Try this prompt for size and create something based on it. If you do write something, please share it with me in one way or another. Tag me in a post, post it in the comments, send it to me in an email – I’d love to read your work.
Who knows? If you send something my way and I really like the way you write, I might just offer you a discount on my editing services. Or I might even edit a few chapters for free. It’s worth a try on your part.
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