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“No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself.” ― Virginia Woolf

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Day #22. I am a great believer in action. But sometimes I do too much. Sometimes I push & strive when what’s really needed is a little time to let thoughts percolate, to let the fruit of a story ripen before being picked. And, remember too, that you don’t need to add metaphorical glitter & bows in order to shine because you think what you’re doing isn’t enough. Readers love writing when the heart that created it resonates with their own. You don’t need to dress up your heart. Simply express yourself. This is all you can do. Trust that this is enough.

“Writing is the art of applying the ass to the seat.” ― Dorothy Parker

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Day #20. Whatever it is you want to do, whatever dream you want to fulfill, keep taking the steps to achieve it. It’s no use dreaming of being an author if you don’t write at least a few words every day. Don’t be put off by baby steps. Think of this: if you write a page a day for a year then you’ll have a novel by the end of 2015. A page a day for the next 89 days will give you a novella the size of Men, Money & Chocolate. Pretty good, huh? And, if you don’t want to write then you most likely won’t be applying your ass to the seat – probably quite the opposite – but the metaphor remains the same!

“The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.’ ― Sylvia Plath

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

Day #18. In my early 20s I was so plagued by self doubt I couldn’t write more than a paragraph a year, and that’s only a slight exaggeration. I thought, in light of Shakespeare et al., was the point of my writing at all?

But self doubt is second-guessing the outside world. It’s assuming that you have to be better and/or different in order to succeed. But you don’t have to be Shakespeare or Mozart or Meryl Streep in order to find your niche in the world. And, since you really have no idea if people will respond positively or not to what you have to offer, you may as well assume that they will & get on with it!

“Your will shall decide your destiny.” ― Charlotte Brontë

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Day #17 If you want to do anything against the odds you must have great strength of will. You must be stubborn. Dogged. Tenacious. Determined. Resolute. Stalwart. Steadfast. Unfaltering. Committed. So, if you’re setting out to publish a novel, or something similar, then you need to find your inner sense of steel first!

“I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life – and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.” ― Georgia O’Keeffe

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Day #7. I once thought successful people weren’t scared. I thought they achieved greatness because they were far braver than me. I thought they had special reserves of fire I’d never have. I watched enviously, wondering how they were so blessed with courage & why wasn’t I? Then I met a few & found out I was wrong. These people weren’t without fear, they simply didn’t let it stop them. And this, of course, is very the definition of courage: to be scared & not let it stop you.

“Some people look at a puddle & see an ocean of ships.” – Zora Neale Hurston

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

Day #4. It takes vision to be successful at anything. You need to see beyond the limits of what you believe to be possible. To see the building before it’s been built, the book before it’s been written. Starting at the beginning of anything, staring at the blank page, can be intimidating. You question if you’re capable of doing what you dream of doing. You look at yourself & see a puddle. But oceans of ships lie within you. You simply have to keep looking until you see them.