“You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.”
― Saul Bellow
Amen Saul Bellow. While we sleep, we dream about the most wild of things, things that are sometimes not even imaginable in your conscious awoken brain. When you read things you wrote in the middle of the night, you almost feel surprise that YOU could’ve generated these thoughts in your very own brain. I’ve heard of people keeping dream journals and stuff like that, but I’ve never kept one myself. I’ve had those nights that I’m sure everyone gets- when you feel a random spark of creativity that seems to have come from absolutely nowhere.
However, I find that when I write an idea down (setting the expectation for myself to write about it later), I never seem to have the same passion about it what I had written when I look back on it. It’s as if it was just an incomplete thought. Nothing more to say. The best thing to do is WRITE when you feel that spark. Never stop writing- you can edit later. When you are in that passionate writing mood you’ll be surprised what you can produce. Some of my best essays (which happen like once every 5 years) or even my last letter of intent which got me my last job, were all written at the oddest of hours, simply because I had that writing spark. It was almost as if every word in your entire vocabulary can be accessed and put to together in the brightest of ways.
I’m not saying to sit around waiting for inspiration, just not to get too frustrated with yourself. You can’t be upset when you have zero inspiration or feel that what you’re writing is bland, just don’t let that stop you from living your life and write when you feel something. Look at the most famous paintings, statues, poems, song lyrics- they all have a story. That’s what art is, “the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.”
– Dose of Delight