I am feeling a bit uninspired. At the moment I am bogged down in the technical work of getting an ebook up on the web. Knowing the ultimate rewards for producing a good piece of writing is hard to keep in sight as you slog through the grammatical, spelling and content editing of your own writing.
Focusing more on short term upsides is helpful. I am finding my writing was lacking at the time my coauthor, Harlow Hunter, and I wrote this first draft. I believe by editing I am also changing future writings to be better on the first draft. Now this isn’t to say a first draft will ever be perfect, it is a first draft after all. Yet, overall editing has elevated my writing in a general way. It has helped me write better blog post, for example.
Still this short term gain falls short to inspire.
So instead of feeling adrift I try other means to bring my focus to the ultimate goal. Writing out a schedule of editing, reading, writing helps me see there are times when I take a break from editing and can rejuvant my creative spirit through reading and writing. Setting aside time for social media work without it becoming a distraction helps too.
I was also inspired by the blog yoursuccessinspirer to look back at my own favorite quotes which I had posted on Facebook. I would like to share now a few of those quotes in the hope that if anyone else is feeling slightly blah and uninspired they may help them. This is a bit like pay it forward.
“Would you tell me please, which way I ought to go from here?” said Alice.
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.
“I don’t much care where–” said Alice.
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.
~From Alice in Wonderland
“Good writers borrow from other writers. Great writers steal from them outright.” ~Sam Seaborn, The West Wing
“There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way.”
“Do or do not. There is no try.”
“I change my thoughts, I change my world.” ~Norman Vincent Peale
“Ladies and Gentlemen take my advice, pull down your pants and slide on the ice.”
~Sidney Freedman, M*A*S*H