Treadmill Inspiration

“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”
~ Jack London

I find first drafts inordinately difficult to get off the ground, especially in the very early stages of a new story. So often all I have to go on is a fragment or two, perhaps nothing more than an image that sets my mind looking for clues. As I gather these fragments and commit them to paper, their connections are rarely evident, but if I keep at it and keep myself open to it, more and more fragments will arrive, and soon their connections become clear and slowly a story takes shape. It’s an uphill struggle, kind of like the time I spend on the treadmill at the gym a few times a week.

I’m no fan of huffing and puffing on the treadmill (and have written about it here), but I do find it useful as a means to settle my thoughts and find my focus. It’s often the case that I’ll stumble off it with some idea suddenly crystal-clear, and scrabble around for a pencil and scrap of paper to write it down before I lose it.

I may not enjoy the treadmill, and very often writing a first draft feels like an exercise in futility, but if I force myself to show up and do it, something will eventually come of it.

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I’ll take inspiration where I can get it.

 

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