First-time writers often ask “what inspires a writer to write?” It’s the question that I get a lot, but rarely have a genuine answer for. It’s not that I go out of my way to avoid answering them, but the answer isn’t as clear cut.

Inspired writing is a tricky thing, many writers don’t believe in inspiration, while others still say inspiration is what led them to write a specific book. I, on the other hand, side with the former to some extent.

First, many writer’s adhere to a strict regimen for writing; dedicating several hours a day to writing. I do not. Certainly, I have goals in place for when I do sit down to write. For example, I hand write out about 3 to 5 scenes everyday in a bible-thick notebook long before I sit down in front of my laptop. I find that writing scenes and chapters out by hand to very gratifying. But lately, I have been barely writing out a page every couple of days. Something was wrong and I couldn’t think of a way to fix it.

A solution presented itself, late Tuesday night in the form of a new keyboard.

The fact that it’s backlit, means nothing to me, though it does make me happy. I opted for a retro typewriter style because I believed that it would let me feel like I was using old-school tech to write my book. It inspired me to sit down and write without feeling like I was doing work.

Inspiration became an important factor for me to write. Much like it did when I was 8-years-old, when I first started writing. A seeming flow of inspiration, that I once didn’t believe in, brought me back to the days when personal computers were still relatively new.

Since this keyboard arrived, I managed to throw my weight into my writing. I finished a chapter and began a new one, but more importantly my daily word goal has improved overnight from about 500 words a day to 3000 words a day! Finding the right tool for the job, which inspired me to write without having to write out longhand, has made all the difference in the world for me.

But does that mean that inspiration exists? Perhaps. Perhaps, it is up to us to find our own inspiration in the world. Or perhaps, inspiration is already there waiting for us to tap into it.

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