So, what’s the tip? It’s right there in the title, actually, but by way of explanation: Underpinning my previous encouragement to not wait for inspiration, is the fact that a leap-of-faith is involved in believing you’ll have any idea what to write once you get “there.” This isn’t about choosing a topic—there are lots of writing prompts available for that. But once you have a topic, perhaps due to a wonderful/terrifying paid assignment, or an ongoing story or project, what are you going to write when you get there?
Sometimes your leap-of-faith will be a mere hop over a crack. Other times it’ll be a daredevil Evil Knevel dive across the Grand Canyon. That’s why it’s called a leap of faith. Faith means trust.
But trust in whom?
If you desire to write, that desire comes from somewhere, and that same somewhere holds the key to what to write. Sometimes you’ll have notes and ideas up the ying-yang (oh, your poor ying-yang). Other days you’ll have nada, zilch, squatarooney.
I’m pretty sure I just made that last word up.
But wait, that’s my point! I just made that last word up. As in on-the-spot, as in I had no idea I would come up with it until I came up with it. As in when I started writing the sentence I suddenly decided to be silly (a congenital affliction of mine) and write multiple synonyms: nada, zilch, squat. And then it occurred to me to make it even sillier by adding “-arooney.”
Yeah, I know, it’s not really all that clever. But it does illustrate my point: I didn’t come up with it until I showed up.
So take the leap. The worst that can happen is you’ll plunge to your metaphorical death, and plunging to your metaphorical death isn’t really all that bad. Trust me, I’ve done it many times. In fact, when I do, I always seem to come up with a way to survive. But only once I’m there.
So just show up!