If you came here looking for inspiration, look no further. I’m just kidding.


Today, I came to my writing session with nary a clue. Not having an idea is not an ideal situation when you have 30 minutes to complete a post.

I googled “Google”, typed “Inspiration” into the little box and got 12 pages of inspirational quote websites. That wasn’t very inspirational so I clicked on “images”. Maybe an inspirational photo could get my brain working. I got 12 pages of inspirational memes.

I guess this is the world we live in. Just slap an inspirational quote on that lack of initiative, that absence of ideas, that inertia situation you have going on, and voila, initiative, ideas, and action will soon be knocking down your door, inspiring great things.

I can’t remember the last time an inspirational quote did much for me but I do remember the framed posters everyone had in their offices in the 90s with a quote imprinted over a photo of someone rowing or climbing a mountain or crossing a finish line. Remember those?  I bought someone one of those framed posters. It took up some prime wall space but I’m not sure how inspirational it turned out to be.

I was probably barking up the wrong internet word tree. I think there’s more inspiration to be found when I google almost any other word. That’s when the stuff comes up that you never knew you didn’t know. Know what I mean? And if you find something you never knew you didn’t know then you can read about it and then share it with the class.

But for today, I’m almost out of time, so I’ll say just this one last thing. Last night, while I walked the neighborhood, I listened to a New Yorker podcast interview with Tina Brown, the former editor for Vanity Fair, who has a new memoir out called, The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983-1992The interviewer questioned her lifestyle during that period which included going out every night, dressed to the nines, to this or that black tie function. She responded that her nature is to hole up under her duvet and watch Netflix but she knew that if she went out she’d get leads and stories for the magazine, so she did it.

So maybe I just need to buy a sparkly dress and go out more.

How about you? Where do you find inspiration?

Chicken out

  11 comments for “If you came here looking for inspiration, look no further. I’m just kidding.

  1. Bella Rum
    November 16, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    I’m one who would rather hold up under my circa1970 afghan, but I have more to write about if I actually go out and do something. Of course, I don’t have the pressure that Tina had. LOL You never know where you will find inspiration.


    • November 16, 2017 at 8:24 pm

      That’s true, Bella Rum, you never do. I most often have ideas when I’m out walking or half asleep and possibly dreaming. I don’t always remember them when I go to sit down and write, though. Sometimes I look through my draft pile for something to finish. I am a believe in showing up and doing the work, though. I’m always working on maintaining good habits. I’m not always successful with it, but I keep coming back another day to try again.


  2. November 16, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    I wait for it to turn up. But, I can find something if I go looking. That adds time….


    • November 16, 2017 at 8:25 pm

      Hi Joanne-yes, and that’s my problem. I feel like I’ve just sat down and I look up to find myself late for work. There is never enough time to do all that I want to do.


  3. jenny_o
    November 16, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    My inspiration usually comes from the internet news or daydreaming. If I’m looking at a deadline (three hours or less) inspiration disappears and panic shows up 🙂

    Maybe you SHOULD get dressed up and go out. Or at least go out. Report back!


  4. Doug in Oakland
    November 16, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    The best inspirational poster I remember seeing was in the PT area of the rehab facility I was in in 2008. It was a picture of an old person on the beach in a wetsuit with a surfboard and the caption was: “it’s almost impossible to worry about osteoporosis and ride a killer wave at the same time.”
    It did not, however, give me any good writing ideas, or make me want to surf.
    As I recall, at the time I was pretty much focused of figuring out how to put one foot in front of the other and repeat that a whole bunch of times…


    • November 16, 2017 at 11:38 pm

      So probably a motivational poster that had a picture of a turtle on a highway with the quote, “Every journey begins with a single step”? I probably should be in charge of marketing for that place. BTW, Doug, Have you ever read Christine’s Blog, “I’m Sick and So Are You”? She’s such a good writer and so funny. I think you might like her blog.


      • Doug in Oakland
        November 17, 2017 at 2:52 am

        No I haven’t, but I’ll check it out.


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