Saturday, January 24, 2009

Motivational Quote #19

Inspiration? A hoax that poets have invented to give themselves importance.--Jean Anouilh

On one of the shelves in my office I have a few books that I refer to reguarly, whether they be about craft, grammar, or motivation. Among the larger, taller books in that collection is a short hardcover with a sunburst on the front titled, The Writer's Book of Wisdom: 101 Rules for Mastering Your Craft by Steven Taylor Goldsberry.

Rule #4 talks about inspiration and includes this quote from playwright Jean Anouilh. Goldsberry says that if you wait for inspiration you have no business being a writer.

As aspiring authors we know the only way to get published is to submit manuscripts. If we're too busy waiting for that perfect moment to sit down and write, it may never happen. While the words certainly flow easier when you're inspired, it doesn't mean that you can't discipline yourself to write even when you're feeling less than inspired.

Timed writing sessions are an excellent way to get started. Read my article on timed writing sessions and get started today!

You have the power to make your dreams come true. Use it!


Anonymous said...

I find that dedicating time to apply towards any aspect of writing, allows me to be more receptive to inspiration when it appears.

Though I have heard talk that writing is easy, I have met many pubbed and pre-pubbed authors who have moments of struggle. It is just like creating any piece of art, it takes work and discipline, yet without something that inspires you...or speaks to your heart, the piece lacks passion and will not draw it in others.


Mayra Calvani said...

So true! I believe the difference between famous authors and not-so-famous authors isn't talent or inspiration, but hard work!