Idea: Inspiration

They asked Newton* how he did it and he’s supposed to have said,

I thought about it all the time. 

* Yes, it’s Archimedes. Keep reading.

Inspiration is for amateurs. Chuck Close

You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. Jack London

Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working. Picasso

Inspiration is a word used by people who aren’t really doing anything. I go into my office every day that I’m in Brighton and work. Whether I feel like it or not is irrelevant. Nick Cave

If you wait for inspiration you’re not a writer you’re a waiter. Dan Poynter

Inspiration usually comes during work, not before it. Madeleine L’Engle

No sensible person would deny … the mystery of inspiration. But … it is useless to depend on [it]. All prose responds to work. Tracy Kidder

Serious writers write, inspired or not. Over time they discover that routine is a better friend than inspiration. Ralph Keyes

Just as appetite comes by eating so work brings inspiration. Stravinsky

I write when I’m inspired. I make sure I’m inspired every morning at 9 am. Peter DeVries

There then a thing to think about.

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