I don’t write on inspiration. I write on dedication.
Inspiration is a liar and a sneak and a cheat. You’ll be struck by it when you’re driving home and can’t write anything down, so you go over and over it again and again in your head. You get home, you answer home questions, and then you sit down … and nothing.
Dedication is sitting down every day, every single day, and writing. You sit and you write and maybe you throw it away, but you write something. Maybe it’s a sentence or a paragraph or six pages. But you write.
Write every day.
Write as often as you can.
Be dedicated to writing at least 100 words on a subject a day. Once that’s easy, do 200. Then 300. Then one day you’ll wake up and something like NaNoWriMo won’t be a dream, but a breeze. You can bang out words like no one’s business.
When I have nothing demanding to be written, I write outlines. I sort out what chapters would be right, what sections, and then I start filling things in. I color my books out of order. I don’t color all the 1s and then the 2s. I look at what I want to color and where. I color what I like.
By being dedicated, I can allow inspiration to direct what I write when it’s there, but I can fill in the blanks when it’s not.
And so can you.
Sit down. Write.