Figure out what you are meant to contribute and make sure you contribute it.**
The mastery of story demands the invention of far more material that you can use, followed by astute choices of inclusion and exclusion. Why? Because experienced writers never trust so-called inspiration.^
We live in a world that, in its turning around, brings around 29,213 new days to those who make it to eighty years of age. Of course, it’s also a metaphor meaning the total of opportunities for new beginnings goes up. These appear in many forms and through many people.
True inspiration isn’t the lightbulb pinging on. That’s just a starter. Inspiration is what comes when we capture ideas, turn up every day, work with skill and discipline and produce, produce, produce.
What we might term deep-inspiration emerges from selecting the truly important-to-us from all of the contents of our lives.
This is how it is for everyone and what really counts is noticing, paying attention, to what is really valuable to us and allows the other things to fall into the background.
Joseph Campbell helps us to notice the valuable: it’s what makes us feel alive:
We’re so engaged in doing things of outer value that we forget the inner value, the rapture that is associated with being alive is what it’s all about.^^
(*Accompanied by Michael Bublé’s Feeling Good – and it’s not even Christmas.)
(**From Susan Cain’s Quiet.)
(^From Robert McKee‘s newsletter: Where to Find Your True Inspiration.)
(^^Joseph Campbell, from Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers’ The Power of Myth.)