It’s only the second day of the writing challenge and, as I sit down to write this post, I am met with a common issue: I have no idea what to write about.
This is where I often find myself with this whole writing thing.
Unable to move forward because I don’t have anything to say. Often, it’s where I stop and where I remain until days, weeks or even months pass and I try to write again. It’s easier to do that – to shut the laptop, walk back into the living room and lose hours in front of the television – than it is to keep pushing through and getting words on paper.
But I’ve never really stopped to ask myself the obvious question.
If I only write when I have something to say then why do I rarely have anything to say? Why don’t I have more to say?
And here’s what I think I’ve discovered. I only have something to say when I experience something that inspires me. Then, there’s this urge to get words out. Sometimes the words are about that particular experience and other times the experience encourages words about something else entirely. But, regardless of what they’re about, the words come.
I’m not sure what that says about me.
Logic would say that if I only write when I’m inspired then, judging by my inconsistent and sporadic writing, I must lead a less than inspired (at least, as I define it) life. Perhaps there’s some truth in that. My life is pretty normal, fairly routine and doesn’t have a lot of extraordinary things occur in it. And I’ve never been one of those people that could find meaning and inspiration in the ordinary.
[pullquote width=”300″ float=”left”]Just because I cannot find inspiration in the ordinary doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.[/pullquote]Just because I cannot find inspiration in the ordinary doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Perhaps it just means that I have to look a little harder, dig a little deeper or pray a little bolder to see it. Or, perhaps I need to create the inspiration myself.
What about you? Are there things you love to do that you get stuck in? Do you need inspiration before you can do something that fulfills you? Is it hard for you to find inspiration in the ordinary? I’d love to hear about it if so. Not in a “misery loves company” sort of way, but more in an “iron sharpens iron” way. Perhaps we can encourage each other to find the inspiration we need to do what we love no matter the form it takes.