A friend of mine once wrote of how she thinks my greatest fear was to stumble over my letters. To have a spelling or grammatical error in my work that, even though can be reversed with a simple edit, will still stain my image. I was shocked that she knew me that well. I guess it is about that time that I repaid the favour and wrote about her greatest fear (writing wise of course).


Recently I have been under a period of block. I know why I have block and I can’t seem to shake it off. See I have written 99 pieces (at least according to my phone) and I guess I am afraid to write the 100th piece, hence the block. Anyway as those who regularly read this weekly know, I digress. Inspiration to a creative (writer, artist, musician painter etc) is like water to a fish. Without the inspiration a creative person will shrivel up and die and anything that blocks the flow of this inspiration is the enemy and must be trampled under the feet like a cockroach in the kitchen. Without inspiration a creative person is as good as dead block will loom over their heads and cause such a stir that one might even perceive them to be sick (which I guess they are, in theory).

Creativity is an addiction. I will speak from my view as a writer many writers write every piece like it will be their last because you never know where the next inspiration strike will come from. Just like a drug addict who never knows where he will get his last fix a writer rarely knows when the words will have their way with him again. So every piece must be written to perfection down to the last letter so in case it is the last it may be a great legacy to be left behind. But eventually, once the piece is over and done with and calm has been restored, the words do come back. It is a game we play when you think the words have deserted you and you wonder what you may have done to displease them, they return and they do so with such a bang that it would be virtually impossible to ignore them (and why would you even want to).

I told Jay this week. Inspiration is all around you. It is, it’s in the trees, the birds, the sky, the smiles, the cracks in the walls, the stone age computer, the crumpled pillows, come to think about it the dilemma shouldn’t be what to write about but when to stop writing. Someone once told me they got less creative when they grew up “the world grew dull” they told me. No, it didn’t, your sight got worse. So maybe what I’m saying is inspiration, is all in your mind.

P.S #slapyourself if you haven’t figured out my friend’s greatest fear yet.

  9 comments for “Inspiration

  1. Bee
    March 6, 2011 at 9:49 am

    “Just like a drug addict who never knows where he will get his last fix a writer rarely knows when the words will have their way with him again.”

    Been there, done that…it is not the best feeling but then the hope of the words coming stumbling down is what keeps the writer going!

    • michael
      March 6, 2011 at 10:09 am

      It is… no? Thanks for stopping by.. =)

  2. March 6, 2011 at 10:00 am

    I wish it was as easy as a prescription of 2 panadols and a slice of bread every morning to get your creativity going…but this thing is different, if its there, its there…if it isnt, it isnt….. I fear death as a writer… getting so old and wrinkled in my writing that my writing might have to depend on a walking stick or life support to survive….

    • michael
      March 6, 2011 at 10:12 am

      But doesn’t it already depend on presence or absence of inspiration? just asking… =)

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  4. March 6, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Peter De Vries said ‘I write when I am inspired – at nine o’clock every morning’. He was a successful novelist.

    I understand what it’s like to have writer’s block because I often have it. However, instead of ‘Inspiration to a writer is like water to a fish’, I prefer to think that ‘Writing to a writer is like water to a fish’. Inspiration is more of a feeling so without it, there can still be productivity. The only thing is that writing without inspiration takes much more effort. Even without any inspiration, a writer will only ‘die’ when he stops writing.

  5. michael
    March 6, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    I believe even when inspiration is seemingly lacking and the writer struggles to write something must trigger the writing. That trigger is inspiration without which, creativty is impossible.

    I like that quote though. =)

  6. March 22, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Inspiration is the magic ingredient that is not listed in recipes or instruction manuals.

    I have a cool blogger friend who when faced with a similar issue wrote a very decent post about it here

  7. michael
    March 22, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    It is right?

    Going to read your cool blogger friend’s post, though I did one on writer’s block too in December see it here

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