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"If you only write when you're inspired you may be a fairly decent poet, but you'll never be a novelist because you're going to have to make your word count today and those words aren't going to wait for you whether you're inspired or not.

You have to write when you're not inspired. And you have to write the scenes that don't inspire you. And the weird thing is that six months later, a year later, you'll look back at them and you can't remember which scenes you wrote when you were inspired and which scenes you just wrote because they had to be written next.

The process of writing can be magical. Mostly it's a process of putting one word after another."

---Neil Gaiman--- An author well-known for writing "The Sandman" series of comic books, and the original comic book "Coraline."

And what great advice it is that Mr. Gaiman has so graciously offered! More often than not lately, whenever I sit down to write, I honestly do not feel terribly inspired to write my stories. Most of the time, I have to trudge through boring sessions of writing because I just don't feel in the mood, but this just makes my inspired moments that much more fantastic.

Proofreading the writing, revising ideas, removing ideas that just don't the fit the theme, and many other aspects of writing can be boring at times; but they are all a necessary part as well. If I only wrote when inspired, it would be tantamount to me saying that I would like a remote control that fast-forwards my life through all the boring moments. If I were actually able to do that, wouldn't the exciting moments soon lose their significance and just become the boring moments?

I believe that the boring moments are the most important for collecting ourselves and grounding ourselves in the present, it's just the exciting moments to remind us that we're alive and more than we truly believe ourselves to be.
To bring myself back to the main point of me writing this, (and I may just be regurgitating what Mr. Gaiman is saying in his quote) after writing a story and reading through it again, I lose track of what was boring and what was exciting because of the fact that it wasn't necessarily what I was writing that made it that way. To be more precise on that remark, it was more or less how I simply interpreted the current quality of writing at the time and how I was encouraged or discouraged to develop it more. When I write daily, I try not to become tricked by my lack of inspiration as an opportunity to slack off on my writing.
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I like to write stuff. This bio may be bland, but I prefer to save my creative energies for the pieces that post here and elsewhere.

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IanSchofield Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Many thanks for the fav on MrFreeze [link] much appreciated
Esau13 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the fave!
scottm20 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome!
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Thank you for the fave :D
scottm20 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome, keep up the good work!
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scottm20 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
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Thanks for the watch, person I know in real life! I shall return the favor!
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