A moody muse

The first ten pages of ‘A Perfect Flaw’ came out as a torrent of ideas. Feeling a rush of inspiration is as exciting as it is disrupting. Whatever you’re doing, stop it right now and start writing. If not, the words and thoughts might slip through your fingers.

The pages that got me going would later be the same pages I had to take out when editing, but it didn’t matter, because they’d got me started and kept me going.  I poked out the rest of the story over small pockets of time in the next years. Waiting for inspiration is like having language lessons with a lot of time in between. It almost feels as if you’re always starting from scratch.

The big change came once I decided I was going to write every day. This meant carving time into my daily schedule: in my case, an hour and a half before going to work.

As it turned out, inspiration wasn’t a morning muse. Sometimes it came and writing was seamless, but more often than not I found myself alone at 6am, swearing at the computer. Eventually, my writing picked up.

After hearing Elizabeth Gilbert’s thoughts on creativity, I can only agree with her conclusions. Inspired or not, I’ll show up every day and do my part of the job.