Motivation Monday: Is Inspiration Really for Amateurs?

Them’s fightin’ words, Chuck Close. Especially for me, since one of the things I love to do is get dormant writers writing.

How else am I supposed to do that without inspiration, Chuck Close?

I don't work with inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs. I just get to work.

One of the things I’ve learned through several years of running The Procrastiwriter is that there are certain types of writers who need inspiration. Maybe they don’t need it every day, but they do need it to start writing again ater a long non-writing period. Downtrodden writers (you’re done with NaNoWriMo; feeling the burnout still?) sometimes need an inspiration infusion to get the work flowing again.

My point is: Don’t discount the role of inspiration in every writer’s life. But don’t depend on it, either.

Also, we are all amateurs.  Ernest Hemingway said so.

What do you think? Do you agree with Chuck Close? How important is inspiration to your writing life?