How I keep writing when I feel uninspired
I’m not naturally inspired to write something worth sharing every day. I worry that my words aren’t worth recording. I doubt that I have anything helpful to offer. So I wait until the last minute to write, pushed by my commitment to publish something every day, and manage to produce…something. Some days I enjoy the process. Some days it’s simply a chore.
But why? I love writing! I can’t not write. So why do I struggle when it comes to this simple duty?
It’s because I forget why I started writing in the first place. I forget that I want to write things that serve my readers, that I want to help solve their problems, and that I want to do so regularly.
So how do I keep myself inspired to write? There are plenty of sources of inspiration, but these three keys have been the most helpful for me:
3. Showing up
I’ll explain each of these in detail in the next three articles that I publish.
I’ve been blogging at least once a week for years. I’ve seen that showing up regularly multiplies my inspiration, and I want even more. I want to give my readers more, I want to solve more problems, and I want to be more serious about showing up to write.
To be honest, I struggle to show up to write every day. I’m a writer, so I do write a lot, but when I’m only expected to publish once a week I tend to procrastinate. Maybe I’ll write something, but it will likely be ramblings in my journal, or a random bit of poetry I have no intention of sharing publicly, or a vignette that makes little sense apart from a larger story that I may or may not ever get around to writing. There is a time for this sort of free writing, but too often I tend to use it as “productive procrastination.”
A writer may be a writer simply by writing, but is her writing doing any good if she never shares it? My stories and poems only come to life when people read them. I’m reminded of this when I crack open my usually-private files and share something with someone else. When I see what I’ve written touch a person in a meaningful way, it inspires me to write more.
This is the reason I’m pushing myself to publish more.
In the past I have written for myself. This is all well and good. It strengthened me as a writer and gave me healthy outlets to process my thoughts and emotions, but I’m ready for more. I’m not content to simply help myself. Becoming more open and vulnerable is worth it if it means I can reach even one other person in a meaningful way.
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