If you’re anything like me, you probably had a time in your life where writing was as necessary as sleep. You wrote about as many things as you could as much as you could, and you often found that your fingers couldn’t keep up with your thoughts. After all, it’s an intoxicating feeling to have your brain churning with stories that are for your pleasure alone and to feel that those ideas are good ones.
But again, if you’re like me, that’s a thing from the past. You’re not quite sure where those ideas went or how to get them back. I began to stop writing for fun as I entered college, where writing became more about pleasing my professors than about pure enjoyment.
And to be honest, that wasn’t all bad. We all need mentors to stretch us, to point out our flaws, and to help us overcome them. I’m immensely grateful for the education I received, for both creative and professional writing. But when I sit down to write something just because I want to (instead of a portfolio addition), all my ideas are stagnant. I miss it, and I’m not sure how to get it back.
“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” –Jack London
We’ve all heard it before. But what does “going after it with a club” even mean? Here are some of my interpretations: