One of My Favorite Quotes (& How It’s Impacted Me)

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

I have surrounded myself with this quote. It’s on planner covers, it’s in my email signature. I put it places where I know I will see it regularly, because it’s a reminder. It’s a reminder that I cannot do what I love to do most (write) if I’m not actively working on it.

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And by write, I mean my fiction or poetry. I love this blog and it’s something that I pour a lot of time and attention into, but the first thing that always comes to my mind when I think of “writing” is fiction and poetry.

As much as I love writing, it can be so hard sometimes. There are times when the words flow and that’s the best feeling in the world. But there are also times when it’s a struggle to put words on the page. There are times when it’s good to take a break. You need to rest and recharge from creative activities. But I also believe that you need to work through “blocks.” I don’t believe in writer’s block. At least, I don’t believe in the mystical writer’s block that hits and there’s nothing for the poor writer to do but suffer as they yearn to put words on a page but the words don’t come. I believe that you need to work through it and if you do, inspiration will come. If it doesn’t, you need to figure out what is causing the block. There’s a reason and you’ll be able to work through it. If you can’t work through it, it’s probably time to move on from that project.

So this quote is my reminder that I need to be working, even if it’s hard or I don’t want to or I feel “blocked.” If I keep working, inspiration will come, and if it’s already there, I’ll just get even more.

WHAT IS ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE QUOTES OR EXPRESSIONS AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU?

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4 Comments

  1. Cristy

    September 21, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    This is great! I have a few Picasso quotes that I try to live by or mottos that I agree with. I think this challenge has certainly cultivated some inspiration for many beautiful souls!

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  2. Kate

    September 21, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    As a fellow writer, I totally understand this feeling and I LOVE the quote you chose! Prose always came easier and more naturally to me, but I struggled with poetry. I felt like I had to have some big emotional moment to feel like I could write a “worthy” poem. Creative nonfiction, on the other hand, seemed to just flow. Thanks for sharing this – a great reminder! 🙂

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  3. Janet Miles

    September 22, 2015 at 2:56 am

    Agreed! Good quote!

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  4. Erica

    September 24, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    That is an awesome quote and so true 🙂

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