Literally, from the Latin, inspiration means “to breathe into” from the verb inspirare.
The process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative; the quality of being inspired, especially when evident in something; a person or thing that inspires; a sudden brilliant, creative, or timely idea; the drawing in of breath; inhalation; an act of breathing in; an inhalation.
You can go online and find countless quotes, writers, articles and creative people commenting the same way, saying that the creative process is almost mechanical, like a “mechanic greasing your car” (E.B. White) or an engineer thinking about an engineering problem (Doris Lessing).
So, yes, getting to that inspired point is work. But if it is then that means we can all get there. But couldn’t it be both at the same time, work as well as allowing “spirit” to come into us?
Stendhal says something along the same lines:
Had I mentioned to someone around 1795 that I planned to write, anyone with any sense would have told me to write for two hours every day, with or without inspiration. Their advice would have enabled me to benefit from the ten years of my life I totally wasted waiting for inspiration.
Easier said than done!!
So, we need to make time, find space, be consistent, and have the intention to find inspiration by working.
As William Faulkner once said:
I only write when I am inspired. Fortunately I am inspired at 9 o’clock every morning.