The danger of inspiration

January 14 by

The danger of inspiration

Nothing’s more fun as a writer than having ideas come fast and furiously.

One of the best problems you can have is too many good ideas.

But as a blogger who must maintain regularity in front of your readership, working in fits and starts is not how you want to operate. It doesn’t look professional to be missing-in-action for three months without a post, and then suddenly slamming your reader’s inbox with thirteen post updates the night after you return from an inspiring conference. Extremes at either end are bad, especially if that’s not the pace of information your readers and subscribers have signed up for. You will lose them.

That’s not to say that you should squelch all that adrenaline and muffle your ideas.

Absolutely not — don’t even waste one!

But don’t throw them all to the readers immediately in an unexplained flurry of activity, either.

Take all those burgeoning ideas that happen during the fun, creative stages when everything is open to possibility, and write them right up.  Go for it. Grab everything you can. But then tuck them into your “drafts” folder or save them as pending posts on WordPress, and sprinkle them into your site here and there.

There will come a day when you’re too busy, too stressed, or too blocked to come up with a strong blog post. Wouldn’t it be a better plan to have ten of them just sitting there on the bench, waiting to be put in?

Not only do you capture your best ideas when you’re at your most fruitful, but you’ll be stocking up for dry spells in the future.  Pace yourself. You don’t want to get your readers thinking that you’re now going to create posts every single day and then disappear on them again, when your burst of speed is over. Much better to write them all out while they’re hanging out in your brain, and then let one or two surface a week over the next few months.

If you get four months ahead, and STILL have two-for-one ideas, then consider adding one more post a week. Just don’t go nuts and over-commit to something you can’t still handle later on down the road.

Remember, this is supposed to be a marathon, not a sprint. Take it slowly. Manage it thoughtfully.

Be deliberate, and avoid the dual dangers of over-inspiration and complete mental burnout.

 

 

Tracy Lucas

About Tracy Lucas

Tracy Lucas is a writer, editor, and the co-owner of Inkwell Basics. She owns Four Square Creative and Smash Cake Press, and she blogs about writing and publishing at her personal website. She has written and sold more than one hundred and fifty pieces for print, web, radio, and stage.

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