Do you need inspiration to write? The five most important things women writers need are faith, energy, time, discipline, and freedom. Here’s a quick shot of each, to motivate and inspire you.
If you struggle to write every day, read Writing Habit Mastery: How to Write 2,000 Words a Day and Forever Cure Writer’s Block by S.J. Scott. You’ll learn how to incorporate writing into your daily routine – and you’ll get beyond inspiration. Women writers (and men writers, too) need a strategy and list of tools to help develop sustainable writing habits. Many women dream of becoming successful authors, but can’t find the time to write. The truth is that great writers don’t have more time than anyone else does. Successful women writers make time to write – and they follow specific routines that help them avoid writer’s block.
I recently found new inspiration to write. I’m veering away from practical tips, and dipping into more heartfelt writing. I’m learning to write from my heart – and my prayer for all women writers is to find inspiration by writing from their deepest convictions. “Write straight into the emotional center of things,” says Anne Lamott in Writing Inspiration From Anne Lamott. “Write toward vulnerability. Don’t worry about appearing sentimental. Worry about being unavailable; worry about being absent or fraudulent.”
Inspiration for Women Writers
One of my favorite quotes is from Erica Jong. She said, “And the problem is, when you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.”
What are you risking by writing? Nothing, because you have nothing to lose. What are you risking by NOT writing? Everything. You risk losing yourself, your dreams, your wonder and awe of the world.
Faith to write
The more scared, insecure, or uncertain you are, the more meaningful and important your writing is. If you have to push yourself to write, then you’re probably sharing the best work you could do!
May you have faith for the journey. I pray for peace in your spirit and faith in your heart. May you know God’s love and blessing, and may you trust that He is guiding and protecting you. May your faith increase so much that it flows out of your fingertips and onto the page! May your faith comfort and keep you safe, and may it guide you forward without fear or trembling.
No matter how scary your writing feels, I pray for strong measures of faith in God. He is the source of your writing inspiration. He created you to be one of His women writers, and He is urging you forward.
Have faith. “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman.
Energy to write
May you find strength to keep moving forward, despite setbacks, loneliness, and isolation. I pray for energy beyond your wildest dreams and greatest expectations. May you be filled with a holy fire, and may you feel urgently inspired to write long and hard.
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I also pray for energy to take risks in your writing. May you go beyond finding inspiration – may you be one of the brave and courageous women writers who is inspired to write what’s in her heart and soul. May you feed your body in healthy ways, and energize your soul with God’s spirit and zeal.
If you feel lonely and discouraged, read 7 Tips for Starting a Writers’ Group – Writing Alone, Together.
Time to write
Do you have time to write – and have you set a consistent routine for your writing? You’ll never find inspiration unless you set aside time to write. It is crucial that you don’t wait for the muse to strike! Don’t wait for inspiration; all women writers who are successful write despite their feelings and creative urges.
May you go beyond finding time to write. May you make it a priority to make time to write, to put your writing goals and dreams at the top of your list. I pray you find not only time to write, but support and cooperation from your family and friends. May you be blessed with space every day. May you find inspiration from other women writers, from blogs, books, and your own relationship with God.
Discipline to write
One of the best forms of inspiration for women writers is a calendar. I finally – after a couple years of avoiding it – created my own editorial calendar for my blogs and newsletter. I love it! It’s keeping me organized and disciplined, and I have so much more time now.
Being disciplined makes you more creative. If you’re structured in what you have to write, when you need to write, and how you write then you free your creative mind to write more, faster, better.
May you be disciplined in your writing. May you find the right type of self-discipline, so you are inspired to be the woman writer you’ve always wanted to be. I pray for strength to follow whatever structure you set for your life, and flexibility to try different things until you find what works for you.
Freedom to write
I wrote How to Stop Making Excuses and Start Writing because a reader said she didn’t feel free to write. She put her hopes and dreams of being a writer on the back burner, and let everything and everyone else take priority. The more she wrote about not being free to write, the more I wondered if she was actually making excuses for not writing.
I pray for freedom for all women writers. May we be inspired to write from our hearts, may we be courageous to share our souls, and may we be disciplined to treat our writing goals with respect and reverence. May we trust God to lead the way, and trust ourselves to take leap after leap in the dark.
“The whole culture is telling you to hurry, while the art tells you to take your time. Always listen to the art.” – Junot Diaz.
What do you think of my writing inspiration for women writers? Comments welcome below…