If the Old Soldier wrote only when he was inspired, he would not get much writing done. You wouldn’t get much writing done if you wrote only when you were inspired; but inspiration sure is nice. Isn’t it?
Where can a writer find inspiration? Just about anywhere: in a book, in conversation with a friend, in a walk through the park or while taking a shower. Sometimes we wake up in the morning with a great idea to write about and we have no idea where the idea came from. For years I found The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway to be a constant inspiration. There was one period of time when I read the book over and over again. No sooner had I finished the last chapter, I would begin to get lonely for the characters again.
I do think there is a state of mind that is conducive for inspiration. It is a heighten awareness that inspiration can strike anytime from any direction. You have to consciously encourage this state of mind in yourself. The world is a wonderful and at the same time a terrible place.
You have to be ready for inspiration at all times.
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- What Would Hemingway Do? (xenogirl.com)
- Writers, Don’t Get Discouraged About Your Writing (pittsburghflashfictiongazette.com)