Break the Writing Myth: Planned Writing vs. Inspired Writing?

This can really be a topic of endless debate: "Can writing be studied or are writers born?" Both are true in their own contexts.

"I don't think I can write better. No matter what I do, that moment of inspiration never comes to me. Maybe writing is not for me."

Many writers have given up on writing after encountering such thoughts and succumbing to them.
Inspiration in writing is not 24/7, otherwise no one will be ever able to complete what he/she has been inspired to write.

Inspiration is like a seed which must be sown, watered and manured with planned efforts.

And what are these planned efforts?
All elements that constitute the structure of writing: reading (classics & contemporary), listening, grammar (which itself is a vast topic), learning and practising different styles of writing, creative writing, participating in workshops/seminars etc.

So if you are planning to discontinue writing just because inspiration is not coming your way, think again. She will come when you are ready for her. Maybe this Valentine's Day she may ring your bell! Gear up.

Here are few good resources for you.

On Writing
by Stephen King
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On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft is a memoir by Stephen King, published in 2000, which documents his experiences as a writer and also serves as a guide book for those who choose to enter the craft...

Zen in the Art of Writing
by Ray Bradbury
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Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity is a collection of essays by Ray Bradbury and published in 1990. The unifying theme is Bradbury's love for writing...

Teaching Creative Writing
by Graeme Harper
Teaching Creative Writing is a collection of twelve essays written by international experts in the field, with a critical introduction by Graeme Harper to the teaching and learning of the subject...

The Creative Process
by Brewster Ghiselin
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This unique anthology brings together material from 38 well-known writers, artists, and scientists who attempt to describe the process by which original ideas come to them...

Plotting and writing suspense fiction 
by Patricia Highsmith
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Named by The Times as the all-time number one crime writer, Patricia Highsmith was an author who broke new ground and defied genre clichs with novels such as The Talented Mr Ripley and Strangers on a Train...

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Happy Writing!

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