Inspiration Comes DURING Work, Not Before

Ernest Newman

“The great composer does not set to work because he is inspired, but becomes inspired because he is working.” – Ernest Newman, Born Nov. 30, 1868.

If you keep meaning to write, but you don't, because you can't think of what to write…

Stop being lame, you pickle.

The muse isn't going to bother dropping an idea on you unless you are already working and scribbling and typing away.

That's just how it works. You need to get to work and if shit is all that comes out, then poop it out.

Poop is better than nothing. And getting the poop out of the way is how you get to the tootsie roll inside.

Here is a list of things you can write about when you can't think of anything.

1. What pissed you off yesterday?
2. What delighted you most recently?
3. What do you think of this song on the radio?
4. What do you want to change in your life?
5. Who do you admire and why?
6. When did you achieve a great victory in your life?
7. When did you fail but learned a lesson?
8. Why do you want to write?
9. Why do you think people should listen to you?
10. Where do you want your life/business to be next year?
11. Where would you like to travel and why?
12. Who do you want people to see you as?
13. What's the weather like today?

That's just a list of things that should get you cranking just to get the machinery unclogged. It could be literally anything.

Hell, go meta and make up a list of things to write about – even that can be a topic.

That's what I just did. There is no excuse. If you want to write, write. Some of it will be good, you just have to get to the good part through work.

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