On the last page of every edition of Woman’s Day magazine is a page of inspirational quotes by any number of notable figures. In the September 1, 2009 edition, they included a quote by Pablo Picasso that got me thinking. He says, “Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working.”
On my journey as a writer, I’ve gone through many phases, trying to figure out how I work best. One of those phases was “waiting for the muse”, and I have to admit, she never came. No visions, no dreams, no lighting bolts of inspired scenes. There was just a whole lot of waiting, a whole lot of whining that my muse had left me or that I had writer’s block, and a whole lot of blank pages.
So, reading this quote from Picasso really struck a chord with me. The only times I am truly struck with inspiration are the times when I’m working – in some capacity – on my craft. In other words, “inspiration…must find me working.”
What about you? Do you find this quote to be true for you? Or are you lucky enough to get lighting bolts of inspiration out of the blue, even if you’ve been slacking in the writing department?
Jerrica Knight-Catania is the author of A Gentleman Never Tells, available now from Second Wind Publishing!