How to help inspiration come out and play.

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The object isn’t to make art, it’s to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable.
— Robert Henri

If you're anything like me, you have a tendency to sit down at your computer and expect magical and inspired words to flow forth with ease. More likely than not, we sit at the computer, staring at the blinking cursor and wondering what in the world you should write about because you're drawing a total blank.

It's one of the reasons I wanted to start a daily writing challenge for myself. To see what would come out if I stopped trying to make everything perfect, or meaningful, or anything other than what was on my mind the minute I sat down in front of the computer.

Some days, it's kind of boring. Posts take hours to write. It often feels like words are being forced together into some sort of coherent statement on life. And other days, it's kind of magical. Inspiration hits and off I go.

The key for me is to simply sit down and write.

I'm creating the space for inspiration; to join me each day as I sit down to write. Some days, she's along for the ride. And others, she's sitting in the back of the bus just waiting to see if I'm serious about the work.

More ways to invite inspiration in:

  • Morning pages a la The Artist's Way
    Spend 20 minutes each morning (or evening) writing. No rules, simply writing whatever comes to mind. It's a powerful exercise of letting go and clearing out the muck.
  • The 100 Days Project
    It may feel a bit intense to take on something for 100 days, but it's a great experiment in creativity and process. You can chose anything you like, from singing in the shower to meeting 100 new people to blogging for 100 consecutive days. Doesn't matter what you do, what matters is that you do it!
  • Turn it into a game
    Kate shared a great inspiration-based craft project in today's newsletter. Perfect for when you need a little jolt or a reminder of where to find it.

What about you? How do you create the space for inspiration in your daily routine? How do you find inspiration on days when you're feeling stuck?

X+O,
Emily