Sunday, 12 March 2017

Being Inspired

This week as I turned up at the computer to write this blog post, I was uninspired. So I read chapter three in 'On Being A Writer', which is about surrounding yourself with things that enrich the writing life that each of us lead. I felt overwhelmed at the idea. I came to the conclusion that what I need is lists and organisation.


I am a list person. I love two books by Simon Whaley: The Positively Productive Writer and Wunderlist for Writers. As you can tell, these probably hold the answers that I need. But I find that if I spend all my time writing and reading, I don't want to know about it any more!

I like to switch off. I find that I don't switch off when I read. My mind is always working. I am often inspired. I then find myself inundated with things to do. But if I just stopped a minute, and wrote a list, and organised myself, perhaps I could then see the wood for the trees.

I know that I have sort of rambled and veered off from what I originally intended. Perhaps I can make it full circle by saying that perhaps I need to surround myself with organised people and read organisation books, and then maybe my writing will be more organised. Because right now, all I know is that I turn up every day, without much time to mull over ideas beforehand, and just do my best.

Do you have any tips? Do you surround yourself with things that inspire you?


  1. Ugh Ingrid, I know where you are coming from...
    Being honest, i am much better when I make a plan. Even a loose plan is better than no plan.
    Try writing a very short list, just before you fall into your bed. Put one or two writing related things on it like, for example, continue with fight scene, and write 1st draft of blog post.

    Lists are good because there is nothing quite like the feeling of striking something through when you have completed it. Try it this week and let me know how you get on.
    Have a good one.

  2. Interesting post, Ingrid. I used to be more of a list person but seem to have got out of the habit! I do agree with Maria that it's satisfying to score items off but I think I usually need just to knuckle down and actually get on with the writing (I'm a great procrastinator)!

    1. I see where you are coming from! I can use organising myself as a tool for procrastination. I guess it is all about finding the balance.


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