The Importance of Inspiration

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There are several works of mine which are headed their way towards debuting on this site upon their completion and first edits. Until they do, however, there's not a thing i can do toward getting them out there for my ravid readers. [heh, yeah right... but oh well]
And at the risk of putting a negative spin on this blog, i feel the need to discuss inspiration. Inspiration is, i think, the single most important thing that an artist can have if he or she intends to go about creating anything. Without inspiration, the finished product looks or feels forced and unprofessional. The only way to avoid such failures and sub-par works is to allow them to happen only under the influence of Inspiration.

I have found, in the pieces i've written and published, that it is best to always have a variety of works to be busy with, to allow for A. Maximum variety in what you can write about. (This is useful if you find it difficult to finish that story about Jack and Jill who found a magical petunia in their great great great grandmother's back garden which has long since died...Instead, you might try finishing that one about the the chicken who's really a dragon [but, of course, nobody knows that] that's waiting to break out of its body and consume the earth before making its way through the outer reaches of the galaxy where it will presumably find a new world on which to pull the same trick {because it works every time}) And B. To submit to publications or editors. The more works you have going, the more you can submit to potential publishers and the less it will hurt in the even that you are rejected.

Then again, i do find that it is helpful to completely withdraw from writing for a time. If you are finding it difficult to write on any of your pieces, then forget it and come back to them next week.... or next month....or next year.... Don't be affraid to leave your works sitting by themselves locked deep in a desk drawer. They'll be there when the inspiration has returned to you--just make sure that you remember to return to them when it does.
Even that may not solve your problems. Some writing problems are simply unsolvable. I firmly believe that no amount of time or energy can cause some pieces to come out to the satisfaction of you or your publisher. Hopefully, and if you're very fortunate, these instances will be few and far between, but i'll bet my bottom dollar that you'll have at least one of those sometime in your writing career.

Of course, it is still possible that everything i've just written is complete garbage and i've no idea what i'm talking about. Maybe i made it all up for the sake of writing a blog entry. If you think that, then congratulations: you are the exception to the unwritten rules of writing with which i have become familiar.

But seriously, let me know if i'm on the right track here, guys. I'm sure what i've been saying makes sense to at least some of you... i hope....;)

At any rate, happy writing, and i hope at least a few of you have found this article to have been mildly insightful.
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