I recently read an article about waiting for the muse to inspire a writer before they sat down to write. The jest of it was that one shouldn’t force the writing.
While this might work for some writers, I fear it doesn’t work for most writers. Writing only when inspiration hits creates a few problems.
Inspiration hits at inconvenient times: while driving from Nova Scotia to Fredericton at 3 o’clock in the morning; eating watermelon on a horse; paddling in the middle of the harbour; sitting at a writers’ meeting; waiting in the pouring rain because someone is late…you get the picture.
In many instances, you can’t even scribble a sentence on a napkin let alone write out a complete paragraph or half a short story.