Freelancing: How to Write When Uninspired

As a freelance writer, it’s often necessary to write when uninspired. I can’t follow the muse wherever it goes, or wait for inspiration to strike before I write. I’ve only rarely forced myself to write a post, and as a beginner here at Boss Babe, it probably shows. So now, even if I can’t think of anything to write about, I write every week. It’s like trying to squeeze water from a stone at the moment.

Just Write! Even When You’re Uninspired

But you can’t wait around for inspiration, especially if you want to grow as a writer and become profitable. The writer hunts their muse, constructing elegantly worded traps in hopes that she will find something she likes enough to stay. The writer pushes through the dusty undergrowth of their own mind, searching for the elusive muse, the light-footed white hart.

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Frustratingly, I often begin writing projects only to run out of steam halfway through and I’m unable to finish. Inspiration strikes like a hit and run and leaves me with half a story. It’s like waking up from a dream you wanted to finish, but when you go back to sleep, it’s gone. Even if you try to remember the flow of it, you don’t know where it was headed.

I’m in awe of writers who manage, miraculously, to finish their work, and even more impressive, they’ve done this more than one time. I wish there were some 7-step plan I could follow or guru I could study with in order to be able to do it, too. Unfortunately, it’s not something I can learn in an online course or a seminar class – writing isn’t a skill you can just pick up offhand.

Learn to Fight Impostor Syndrome

Recently, I was told that if you write, even if it’s just a single article, even if you’ve never finished anything, you’re a writer. I would love to consider myself a writer, but I struggle with impostor syndrome when I can’t finish a project, or when I sit for hours and days working on a blog post that feels like it’s never going to come together.

If only I could finish what I start, I imagine my life would be so much easier. I think I could write a blog post twice a week – maybe every day. Maybe I could finish a book or a screenplay. I picture my work in print, sitting in the window of a bookshop, or in the discount book bin. I envision a career where I make a living with words, where my writing supports our household.

Maybe one day, I’ll catch and tame the muse, or maybe I’ll realize I don’t need to. Maybe I’ll learn how to write when uninspired. One day, I’ll be able to sit down in front of my computer and punch out a blog post or a few pages of a manuscript in a few hours. It’s the hope of someday reaching that reality that keeps me tapping away at my keyboard.


Jillian is a former Spanish teacher, current freelance editor, writer, and web developer. She is also an armchair film critic, food blogger, amateur philosopher, and cat enthusiast. After a life of working for other people, she decided to follow a long-time dream and pursue a freelance career. She is excited to share her experiences in starting a freelance business with Boss Babe readers, both her successes and failures, the good, the bad, and the ugly.

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