Inspiration — not motivation — for writing.
January 15, 2006 4:51 PM Subscribe
Off-My-Ass-Filter: Finding inspiration — not motivation — for writing.
posted by Brittanie to Writing & Language (21 answers total) 62 users marked this as a favorite
All my life I've felt this uncontrollable urge to write. Not neccesarily to "be a writer" but just to write — to put things into words on paper.
I decided to make this a carreer, so I got a journalism degree and spent five years working at various newspapers, which, despite the BS and politics of having someone tell you what to write all the time, was more or less artistically satisfying.
Seven months ago my husband and I moved to Korea. We'll be here until the end of 2007 and I am not working, so I have planned to devote this time to doing some real writing for myself, hopefully with the intention of getting published.
Every morning I sit down, do some stream-of-counciousness writing in an old notebook, and try to piece together a short personal essay (however mundane) for my blog.
However, when it comes to trying to write something of substance, I totally draw a blank. All of my ideas (however few they are) seem really contrived and dull. I can come up with a good start for a story but not an ending. It's not motivation that's my problem — it's inspiration.
I know I'm a good writer. I just don't thing I've ever been particularly creative, and I've always favored writing about real-life events as opposed to fiction. Given that I spend most of my days at home (working as a housewife) and know very little people here, there is not a lot of material in my own life to choose from right now. I've also tried writing prompts, but they all feel a little too 7th-grade-creative-writing-class for me.
I think part of my problem is that my journalism training has conditioned me to see a lot of things in very basic terms, as there is no room for artistic liscense there. Many times, the stories I wrote for my job already had a clear beginning and end even before I wrote them — I just had to express the story, not create it.
I've also read on a different MeFi thread that many people are incabable of starting something due to an intense fear that they'll fail at it. Maybe that's my deal.
So, MeFite writers and creators, how does one go from the grain of an idea to the actual expression of that idea?