The anxiety, the frustration, the rage – “Writing is a creative medium! It can’t be harnessed and controlled!” You may silently fume, picturing your unsympathetic employer or editor.
Except that it can. You just have to work at it.
It sounds like a contradiction, but the cure for writer’s block is writing. You need to be writing regularly. Daily. While writing is a creative endeavor – yes – it is as much habit as it is skill. And if you want that elusive muse to bless you with a dance, you’ve got to show up to the ballroom.
Sure, there will be days when she sneaks in to drag you out of bed, begging you to tango, but mostly she wants to be courted, treated like a lady – only then will she profess her love and become your loyal companion (it’s possible I’m watching too much Dancing with the Stars, but you get my point).
INSPIRATION IS ONLY HALF THE BATTLE
Here’s some shocking information: writing doesn’t happen while you’re jogging. It doesn’t happen while you’re cleaning your bathroom, or walking through a museum. Yes, you may be graced with ideas in those situations, but writing only happens when you put your butt in the seat, put pen to paper or hands to keyboard, and start stringing words together. And that is the hard part.
But it doesn’t have to be. Here are a few ways to get that muse to stop playing hard-to-get:
And keep at it. Three-hundred little words. Every day. Like it or not. Soon enough you’ll see that you’re able to write any time you want or need to.