Sage Advice #1: Don't Wait To Feel Inspired
Updated: Sep 7
In my last article I shared five great pieces of advice I've received over the years from writers like you. Now I'm going to break down each point and go into more detail.
Don't wait until you feel inspired to write cuz' it ain't gonna happen. (I'm sure all you grammar gurus love that sentence. Not.) Don't wait until you feel inspired
because two hours, two days, two years later you'll still be waiting.
Don't get me wrong, inspiration can whack you upside the head at any given time causing you to dash to the keyboard and pound out a two-thousand-word essay. My point is, if you only write when you're inspired then not a whole lot of writing will get done.
Create a blog and/or website. It will give you an opportunity to hone your writing skills on a regular basis. Is your book idea still in the good-intentions stage? Write an outline of what you want it to be. It's a place to start. Write an overview of where you want the book, story, or devotion to take you. As soon as your first book is shipped off to a publisher, tackle writing your second book. Once you've submitted an article or devotion, begin your next one.
My intention isn't to make you feel guilty if you haven't written anything for a while. Honest. However, if you know God has called you to be a writer, then write. You're under no obligation to write thousands of words every day (well, except during NaNoWriMo), but consistency is important.
Ask God to be your inspiration. Seek His anointing and His direction. Ask Him to light a fire under your want-to when you can't find the drive to write. Let the Holy Spirit fan into flame His ideas and creativity. He desires to be a part of the writing process. I know I can't do it without Him.
The best advice I can give you is to - brace yourself, this is deep stuff - write, write, writer, write, write, write, write, write, write.