Action generates inspiration

Published by Lori Pickert on July 27, 2010 at 03:18 PM

We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action. — Frank Tibolt

Inspiration usually comes during work, rather than before it.  — Madeleine L'Engle


Comment by Jenni Pertuset on July 27, 2010 at 09:03 PM

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

Comment by Lori Pickert on July 27, 2010 at 10:23 PM

love it! :^D)


I don’t know where my ideas come from, but I know where they come to. They come to my desk, and if I’m not there, they go away again. -- Philip Pullman

Comment by Annalyn on July 28, 2010 at 02:07 AM

I think I am at the right place at the right time. Here in my desk, I am seeing some inspirations from you guys :)


Stumbled you from Abby, btw.

Comment by Lori Pickert on July 28, 2010 at 01:10 PM

thank you, annalyn. :^)

and abby! xoxo

Comment by and flowers pic... on July 29, 2010 at 01:46 AM

l'engle is a favorite and that quote = love! wonderful post.


xo Alison

Comment by patricia on July 29, 2010 at 03:42 AM

Okay, I have a little story for you. I was sitting at my desk, working at my writing, which I had to do, by prior agreement with myself--and also because *someone* has lately sent me all sorts of fabulous quotes about staying at my desk. ;-)

Anyway, as I was working, I got a little flash of an idea for a new project. I set it aside, and kept at my writing.

Later, I came to this post. And reading about inspiration made me think again about that idea I had. It motivated me to pay attention to it, and play with it. And now I'm just bubbling at the edges over how I'm going to carry this thing out.

So thank you for the inspiration. Tibolt and L'Engle were so right!

Comment by Lori Pickert on July 29, 2010 at 01:33 PM

alison, of mine, too. :^) thank you!

patricia, excellent. :^)

i'll post another for you in just a sec. ;^)

Comment by Deirdre on July 30, 2010 at 05:32 AM

Two of my favorites:
"The Muse visits during composition, not before." -Roger Ebert

from Barbara Kingsolver:
"Don't wait for the muse. She has a lousy work ethic."

Comment by Lori Pickert on July 30, 2010 at 01:57 PM

deirdre - excellent. :^)

the b.k. quote is in my collection .. it goes on to say, "writers just write." :^)


Comment by Shawn on September 8, 2010 at 04:39 PM

Thanks Lori! These quotes are going on my wall! And thanks so much also for the post on balance between input and output---that has struck such a chord with me, I swear I felt a beam of light shining on me a la John Belushi! :)

Comment by Lori Pickert on September 13, 2010 at 03:57 PM

shawn, lolol belushi. glad to help! ;^) and thank you!

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