“What I try to do is write. I may write for two weeks ‘the cat sat on the mat, that is that, not a rat,’…. And it might be just the most boring and awful stuff. But I try. When I’m writing, I write. And then it’s as if the muse is convinced that I’m serious and says, ‘Okay. Okay. I’ll come.”
— Maya Angelou
How very accurate. I have seen this myself as well as heard it in almost every piece of writing advice out there. It’s really about the dedication to writing in general. Who cares if you’re writing well, you’ll fix it in editing. But if you sit down and write every day you will produce something spectacular after a while. Some writers even insist that if you write at the same time every day, you will program your muse to come then. You trick the brain into realizing that this is now writing time and you better come up with some inspiration.
In the end, I love the idea of convincing you’re muse that you’re serious. All too often I have a hard time convincing me that I am serious and working towards convincing someone else is easier for me to do. As long as I keep trying to write, some inspiration will come eventually.