What do to with (Dis)Inspiration

Oh But to be Inspired!

It happened again, for the 7th day in a row. The perfection of blankness, of procrastination, of unachievement. Some call it writer's block. I call it disinspiration. So I sit here, making up words, in an attempt to fibrillate my brain. Periodically my neurons fire. Then they fizzle out.

Even my last hub was a feeble attempt at wandering the annals of thought. A last ditch effort to claw my way out of the depths of the uninspired.

And now I must try again, for the sake of my sanity my thoughts must escape me. But here lies my dilemma. I have no thoughts.

At least, none that move me. None that stir my soul. None that scream from my inner most being to be let free, shared, and pondered upon.

Curse of the Muse

Why O muse have you left me?! Why do you fail to visit me in the hours when I need you most? But Alas, you have not abandoned me completely. For at night you prowl. When I'm alone, reclining in my bed, that is when you rear your head. But not in thoughts that move, but in worries, fears, and things not gained.

That is when you haunt. When the corridors of my mind are most vulnerable, dulled by the ablutions of the day. That is when I want to be rid of you and slip into my own private world.

What's the Cause?

Perhaps I am tired

Or stressed (which is why the curse continues to haunt)

Maybe I have just run out of inspiration juice

Maybe it's Karma. I've written too much, and now I must not write for a while.

Maybe I've written all the knowledge I posses--contributed all I can to society. That would Suck.

The Solution?

What must I do to return to the promised land, the inspirational milk and honey?

Perhaps I can read some hubs about how to overcome writer's block?

Or maybe work on my book (it is after all, a different form of writing).

Perhaps reading about my favorite topics will spark a conflagration of thought?

Perhaps I just need time.

Really what I need is motivation. A dozen unfinished hubs sit on my screen, laughing at me for my ineptitude. At once they interested me, but for now I have cast them aside, for they fail to offer meaningful conversation. Perchance will return to them when they will again fulfill my needs. None of them motivate me. None of them set fire to my soul.

So I wait, awaiting the moment when the muse sings, the spark ignites, and the planets align to form the perfect opportunity for a new and meaningful hub. A wait that is both relaxing and stressful. Yet, I must wait....

Practical Tips

Seriously though, what are some useful ways to overcome writers block? I have a few suggestions, but if you have more please leave them in the comments and I will add them to the hub with credit given to you!

--Go on a walk (or a run). Exercise is great for getting the juices flowing! Often times it will clear your head or help you to filter out whatever was distracting you. Sometimes, if running outside, you may see something or think of something that inspires a piece of writing!

--Watch a classic movie with an epic plot. Heck, it doesn't even have to be a classic. Often times my greatest inspirations come from watching a movie that evokes a strong emotion in me. My desire to evoke emotions in others will give me the motivation I need to write.

--Contemplate the mysteries of life and the universe. When we have questions, or when we find answers to questions we've been asking for a long time, it can inspire us to share our insights with others.

--Have a cup of coffee with a friend. Not only will the caffeine stimulate your mind, but hopefully good conversation will bring up an idea or narrative to contemplate and share.

--Do a different hobby (arts and crafts, music, video games, carpentry). Letting stuff simmer in the background is sometimes all it takes to put everything together into the cohesive whole you need to write. Just let your subconscious do the work for you!

--Read a classic or interesting book. Much like watching a movie, a book can clear our mind and inspire us to tell a story or piece of information in a way that is meaningful to us.

--Pray or meditate. Often times it is worry or anxiety, or distraction with other parts of life, that will keep us from writing. Calming your mind and engaging in relaxing meditation or prayer can not only help us to clear our minds for writing, but can reduce stress and help us to overcome anxiety in other parts of our life.

--Force yourself to write anyway, even if its crap, you can edit it later! You can't edit an empty page. Writing is a muscle--the more you do it, the easier it becomes even when you don't want to. Just get something down on "paper" and worry later if its good or not.

© 2010 rdlang05

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Faithful Daughter 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

This is very poetic and funny at the same time. Maybe the solution is, stop trying. Most likely, it will "happen," in the middle of the night when you are in REM stage or something. Meanwhile relax and enjoy the blankness.

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rdlang05 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Haha, thanks for the advice... I bet my dreams would make rather hilarious Hub content.

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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts

I just hate it when that happens, i tune into some music and chill out for a while and sometimes that helps. Hope your inspiration returns soon. But you have written this hub which i did enjoy reading so maybe you are in remission of the blankness of (Dis)inspiration.

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rdlang05 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks Kashmir, Glad you enjoyed it! I usually turn to music as well.

Motown2Chitown 5 years ago

It's a curse we all endure occasionally. For me, it's sometimes feast or famine. I'm bursting with ideas, or nothing touches my heart at all. Eventually, it comes, the muse, the inspiration, the spark, whatever you choose to call it. Just don't stop reading or writing - even if all you're doing is making up words. :-) Sometimes, that works out well - at least it did for Lewis Carroll, or we wouldn't have ever heard of the Jabberwocky!

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rdlang05 5 years ago from Minnesota Author


Great advice! I think feast or famine is an excellent way to put it. There will be days that I will post multiple hubs a day, and then after that I will go months without writing. Oh well, i suppose that's the life of a writer.

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RonElFran 3 years ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

This is a good day for me to run across this hub. My first reaction was, "glad to know I'm not the only one!" Actually, I have a lot I could write about today. I'm just trying to find the energy to get going. Does that qualify as disinspiration, too?

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rdlang05 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Haha, you are in good company I think. "Disinspiration" definitely has a lot to do with motivation and energy. Hope you find some :D

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