#LitChat Writing Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 4 pm ET,  author and book coach Judah Freed will moderate discussion of inspiration. Follow #LitChat on Twitter, or login to our dedicated channel at www.nurph.com/litchat.Lightbulb

To paraphrase Thomas A. Edison, writing is 10-percent inspiration and 90-percent perspiration. According to Gene Fowler, “Writing is easy: All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.” Wrote Maya Angelou, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” And Madeleine L’Engle said, “You have to write the book that wants to be written.”

Why do we write? Some of us write because something inside leaves us no choice. Our lives do not make sense unless we are writing. Some of us write because we have something important to say, and the message won’t leave us alone. Some of us write because we believe writing is a path to love or fame or fortune. Some of us write to change the world.

And where do our ideas come from? Whether fiction or nonfiction, how do we choose what to write about? Sometimes ideas come from our lives, from our pain and suffering, from our victory and joy. Sometimes ideas leap into the mind fully formed, blowing a brazen trumpet to herald their arrival. Sometimes ideas sneak into the mind softly, like a distant whisper, too easily missed if we are not paying attention.

Once we sit down to write, what keeps us going/ Where do we find the hope and courage to writing, word after word, sentence after sentence, paragraph after paragraph, page after page, book after book? Does perseverance flow from heartfelt inspiration, abiding faith or willful stubbornness? How do we get through writer’s blocks? What empowers us daily to feel recharged and write anew?

Please joins us in #LitChat Writing Wednesday to talk about inspiration in writing. We will talk about the nature and sources of inspiration in writing. We will explore what inspires us to write. We will ask what inspires us to keep writing despite doubts within ourselves and rejection from editors. As writers and readers, we will talk about what inspires us. Together we can create an hour of truly uplifting conversation.

Twitter #Litchat Writing Wednesdays are moderated by author and book coach Judah Freed (@judahfreed). Feel free to contact him to suggest topics for future Writing Wednesday #Litchats. Read his complete bio here.