How To Write When You’re Not Inspired

The potential wasted in waiting for inspiration

Gene Wilder and Peter Boyle in ‘Young Frankenstein’ (1974)

Sometimes, I think of myself as Dr. Frankenstein. Awake at all hours, traipsing about my lab (my desk), tinkering with Petri dishes (adjectives), beakers (thesauruses), and dead body parts (commas), half-crazed and pulling my hair out, ignoring my friends, waiting for that spark of electricity (inspiration) to come down…

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Joe Shetina

Joe Shetina

They/he. Writer of fiction, screenplays, plays, reviews, essays, and poetry. Chicago. https://linktr.ee/jshetina