“Writing is 90% procrastination. It is a matter of doing everything you can to avoid writing, until it is about four in the morning and you reach the point where you have to write.” ~ Paul Rudnick
Awhile back I stumbled onto a quick fix that works quite well. You’ve likely heard of it, but have you applied it?
Lower your standards and keep going.
If writing is about ego gratification you may be squirming at the prospect. Who wants to write sh*t for the sake of pen to paper?
I do, because I’ve learned that writing as practice and process is the foundation of quality writing.
So start scribbling shite on your pages, dear friends. Eventually you’ll polish some of those turds and find yourself with something pretty great.
Or you could do laundry, listen to music, reorganize the cupboards, read news, and all the while imagine what a great writer you’ll be… someday… when you finally start writing.
A writer writes. An egotist fantasises about the life of writing.
Which will you be?
Related post on procrastination
“If you find yourself constantly trying to prove your worth to someone, you have already forgotten your value.” — unknown
I get on the train at sunrise, and get on again at sunset. But the fickle pen will find time to rise again this weekend! Stay tuned
In the meantime, here’s a wonderful quote to inspire you and explain why I’m on a new assignment this month!
“Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that no longer serves you, grows you, or makes you happy.”
— Robert Tew
Reminding myself as my patience is tested. It never hurts to be kind, even when frustrated as f*ck. Thanks, Banksy.
“Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live” — Norman Cousins
I’ve grappled a lot with loss. What is it about grief that compels us to cling to our pain and focus on the gaping hole? If a meteor blasted a crater in your garden, would you abandon tending the other plants because of the one hole? Although I didn’t completely abandon other parts of myself, I could be giving them more attention. Here’s to nourishing what lives inside of us amongst the wreckage…
View your life with kindsight.
Stop beating yourself up about things from your past.
Instead of slapping your forehead and asking, ‘What was I thinking,’
breathe and ask yourself the kinder question, ‘What was I learning?’
— Karen Salmansohn
Tomorrow is International Women’s Day. How will you celebrate?
Sure, one day does not gender equality make. But a day of reflection on how we can change our axioms and daily behaviors is a good start.
To celebrate, here are two of my favourite quotes:
“Men and boys, we show our manhood through the way we treat our women. Our wives, our sisters, our mothers.” — Archbishop Desmond Tutu
“The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it.” — Roseanne Barr