“Some people say that amateurs find themselves waiting around for inspiration to strike, while professionals get up and get to work.”
I’ve found myself thinking about this oft-adapted quote a lot lately. After an entire month of writing full time, neck-deep in the first round of manuscript revisions, I’m continuing to force myself to get up early every day and not sleep in. Every afternoon I consciously refuse to let the time I spend working dwindle day-by-day until I find that I’m not actually working full time at all.
This quote has been a great reminder for me, something that helps me realize that there is a difference between dreams and discipline, talking about doing something and actually doing it, starting something and finishing it. And I know that remembering what sets these things apart will lead to success.
There are days when we all feel like we’ve hit a block, and taking a break is fine, but it’s when those breaks become a habit that we run into problems. I won’t bring up the dreaded Writers Block (I guess I just did, sorry!) because I’m not a huge believer in it, but some days are certainly harder than others.
Sometimes we feel like we’re drowning in our own creativity, while sometimes we feel like we’ve forgotten what inspiration even feels like.
So this is just a reminder, to myself and to everyone else, that on days when inspiration and creativity seem to have deserted us, we will always have our discipline and our craft. Sometimes the very act of pushing through brings on the jolt of creativity we’ve been waiting our entire lives for. Sometimes we keep working just to get the crap work out so we can move on. And sometimes we find that what we thought was crap is actually the best idea we’ve ever had.
Take a breath, smile, and know that all the creativity and inspiration we ever need is right there inside of us. Just keep going until it comes out 😁.