“…I’m going to lay this brick as perfectly as a brick can be laid. You do that every single day. And soon you have a wall.” Will Smith. Photo: http://i.imgur.com/GWyd8sE.jpg
Every now and then I search for signs of her writing on the Internet, but I don’t think she’s ever published anything. Breaks my heart because she was amazing….
Twenty years since the workshop and what I’m left with now is not bitterness or anger but an abiding sense of loss. Lost time, lost opportunities, lost people.
Writing’s low-cost-of-entry makes it the perfect low-risk creative activity …and therein lies the danger.
If you are investing nothing in your writing, what’s to stop you giving up when it gets hard?
You will grow and change as a writer as long as you keep doing…and every stage is going to require more learning, more inspiration and new heroes.
Commit to learning about your craft for as long as you are doing it…
It’s always an illusion that there’s going to be the big breakthrough. By the time you achieve what you’d have once thought was a breakthrough, you’ve raised the bar so much higher that it gets to be anti-climactic. It makes you realize how much you have to love sitting in front of a computer and writing, because anything else that happens is mildly disappointing; the actual process of writing is the thing that has to pay off.
Antonya Nelson, http://www.theatlantic.com/past/docs/unbound/interviews/int2002-04-11.htm
Anyone can do something when they really want to do it. Really successful people do things when they don’t want to.
Dr Phil McGraw
Sometimes, when I’m down, I feel like I’ve shot my bolt,…but it passes, and I go back to the computer.
Herman Wouk, at age 97
Building new stuff every day is hard. Coming up with new concepts can be exhausting and switching from brainstorming mode to execution mode isn’t seamless. But the hardest thing about this project is that, in a sense, every day I fail. […] The thing is, the way forward is not to keep tinkering and tweaking to make something perfect. The way forward is to move on to the next concept and build it.
Jennifer Daywalt, I’m Learning To Code By Building 180 Websites In 180 Days