"If you wait for inspiration to write; you’re not a writer, you’re a waiter." – Dan Poynter.
Do you agree with this quotation? Why or why not?
I agree with the statement. I feel that to a true writer, it's an addiction. A bursting, relentless, fiery need that consumes the soul. I once tried to take two weeks off from writing and ended up an angry, depressed mess. I need it to survive. But that doesn't mean everyday I don't need to push myself to write. There are days when I get up and just plain don't feel like it. It's my job, and I make myself anyway. And guess what? The days I have the least "inspiration" and urge to write are sometimes the days when I push out my best work. So you should never wait to write. Writers write like humans breathe. It's that simple.
I think this quote is pretty true. If you're a writer at heart, writing is in your blood...in your DNA. Inspiration will often come as or even before you write, but there is never the, "Oh, I have nothing to write about, so I guess I'll just wait around for inspiration to hit me" type of moment. We write because we are writers. Now...does business sometimes get in the way of us being able to write? Absolutely! At least I can attest to that, especially with getting my blog tour together lately and still teaching full time (you can check out the tour and a chance to win a kindle fire here!) But I had a "I must be a writer" realization moment the other day when I was reading over my YA urban fantasy, Shadow Eyes, to look for something, having not written in a few weeks. Almost immediately, I felt the craziest ache inside. It was like a cross between a desperate longing and craving to delve into writing again and a remorseful apology to...I guess, my writing...that I hadn't spent time with it recently. Simply put...writers have to write.
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Hell, no! Inspiration comes from many places—but it always comes through you, not from you. Writers are vessels. Sometimes we need to be filled to the brim in order to put pen to paper, or fingers to a keyboard. Once were full, there’s nowhere for the words to go but out. The story takes shape, the plot thickens, and the reader is immersed into our world.
As far as I’m concerned, the best place for a waiter is in a restaurant.
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