Nope. I hold the answer to the eternal question: How do I get inspired?
Basically, if you're staring at a blank page and can't write or a blank canvas and can't think of anything to paint, I can tell you how to make it so it never happens again. You ready? Because it's top-secret, super advanced stuff. Okay, okay, I'll tell you...
The secret is: Make writing a habit.
That's it? No futuristic drugs or at least alcohol? No go for a walk in Nature?
None of that. I'll be completely honest here: There is no such thing as a "muse" and "inspiration can't be forced" will never get you to write or do anything creatively as a profession. Maybe you'll do it on the side, as a hobby, and if that's your goal, then far be it for me to stand in your way. In fact, it sounds perfectly healthy and you should do it.
But if you're one of us - the creative millennial entrepreneurs of the modern era - you'll probably want to turn your passion into a career.
And the only way to do that is to habituate what you do. I mean, why are older people better writers? Why is every next book better than the last? Because practice makes perfect, and if you ask those prolific writers, they'll tell you that they never wait for some flimsy fictional character to appear and help them, especially if it's unreliable.
Whenever I want to write, I sit down and write. Sometimes it stinks for a few minutes, and then I enter the proverbial "flow" state. But that's only because I enter it so frequently, it literally keeps my tab open, for the next time, which will be later today.
Look, I'm not trying to make you feel bad. If you're not writing right now and you want to, that's your business. It's not mine. But I also know that we all sometimes need a kick in the pants to get off the chair, sit down in a different one, and do what we want to do. Most of all, be who we want to become. Because that won't happen until we make it happen.
I don't want to hear excuses anymore. And I don't want to hear bad writing advice.
Have you ever heard of engineer's block or doctor's block? Do you worry about your colleague being unable to do their job because they're not in the mood? Nope. Everybody in the world is doing their job and nobody's worried about them not doing it.
So why worry about inspiration when it comes to art?
Probably because people used to believe that art comes from a divine source. That the artist is the channel, so what you create is not yours, but belongs to your muse. But here's the thing. I have felt that exactly 5 times in my life, but I have written millions of times.
If you compare those 5 times to those other times, I bet you won't see the difference. Especially if you compare my earlier work to my current work.
It's almost as if there's this stigma again - artists are flighty, artists are moody, artists are cracked and alcoholics, artists wait for unexisting forces to be able to create anything decent... see where I'm going with this? If you believe something external has to grace you with its presence, you're underminding your own talent and dedication.
This is not to say I don't believe in inspiration. Not really.
I like the feeling of being inspired and being in the flow and feeling on top of the world. But I get this almost every time these days, and that's because I've been writing multiple times a day for months now. I've never written so often, and now it shows.
So I'd like to propose a theory:
The more you write, the more inspired you are to write.
Simple, no? Prolific writers get more prolific. Writers who are "blocked" are just people who have given up writing at the first sign of danger. Your mind will play all kinds of tricks on your when you are at your most vulnerable - like throwing doubts and fears at you - but habits will always be reliable. Like snow in January.
And making writing a habit may start by "forcing it", but so what? You probably forced math at first and tennis. These things don't come naturally to most people. But you persevered and now you're ace at them... or something else.
The point is, those who practice until perfect are the winners. The ones who get to do what they love daily. Not the excuse makers and the wait-ers.
I promise you. If you start writing every day, inspiration will be easier to attain.
And once you truly habituate the practice, you'll have forgotten about those dark, uninspired days. You'll look back and laugh at your naivete. Because it is naive to think that inspiration is anything else but experience and talent throw together.
Give me your thoughts in the comments. I'm sure you have lots.