Today I talk about whether academics should consider self-publishing, and I read another excuse from the List of Excuses: “But I’m not inspired.” The List of Excuses is a series I am developing for my email list. So far there are about a dozen of them.
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In this episode, I talk about a Neil Gaiman commencement speech that I like, which you can find here:
I mention that he talks about inspiration in this video, but he doesn’t do so as directly as I thought. It’s still a great watch, though, and I recommend it. Here’s a link to a more direct quote from him about inspiration: http://www.brainpickings.org/2013/09/11/neil-gaiman-advice-to-writers/
If you’re only going to write when you’re inspired, you may be a fairly decent poet, but you will 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. So you have to write when you’re not “inspired.” … And the weird thing is that six months later, or a year later, you’re going to look back and you’re not going to remember which scenes you wrote when you were inspired and which scenes you wrote because they had to be written.
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