You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.
– Saul Bellow
When inspiration strikes – for writing, in particular, but for many things – it’s not going to last forever.
It’ll build for a while, getting better and better, more and more exciting, until it’s practically all you can think about.
That’s when you strike. Write the story, the poem, the blog post, the email, the program. Make the plan, the phone call, the date, the approach. Build the product, the website, the relationship. Take the trip.
If you wait, the inspiration will fade – you’ll forget what was awesome, problems will start to be apparent, other things will creep into your head. In short, you won’t do it.
When you feel the passion of a new idea, pursue it as soon as you possibly can. It won’t last.
(Caveat: obviously focus is important. If you’re already burning the midnight oil on one project, the new one might have to wait. Just don’t put it off in favor of the daily grind.)