So if you’ve been following my more recent posts you’ve probably notice I haven’t posted in a week. That’s because all my spare time has been taken up with writing (stories not posts obviously).
If you wanted a concrete example of the effects inspiration can have on a person, here it is. I started a new story on the 8th, less than two weeks ago. Since then I have written like a maniac and I am currently more than 41,000 words into the book. That’s an average of more than three thousand words per day! For those of you who aren’t in the writing trade – that’s a lot for working on something in your free moments.
When I talked in my previous post on inspiration, about the “Pull” to act, to do something, well, I’ve been feeling an incredible pull and at times it was hard to do anything but write. This story is just working for me (trust me, not all of them do).
Over the holidays my wife wrote 50,000 words on a new project in less than three weeks. She was inspired as well.
When you are in this place it is a rather intense feeling. It isn’t there all the time, but most of the time, you just want to DO whatever it is you are feeling pulled to do. Have you ever felt that way? You just couldn’t seem to stop yourself from doing something (something productive and good)? That is what it feels like to be inspired.
You’ll note my comment about the thing you’re doing being productive and good. Because when you’re feeling really compelled to do something which you know (some part of you knows) isn’t good for you, then that’s not inspiration. It may be any number of things: desperation, compulsion, and so on.
I’m defining inspiration as a “good” pull, not one pulling you to do things you know you really shouldn’t.
So, if you’ll excuse me I’m going to get back to writing.
I hope you are able to find something in your life which inspires you as much as this story inspires me!
Tata for now…