Don’t even listen, simply wait.
Don’t even wait. Be quite still and solitary.
The world will freely offer itself to you.
To be unmasked, it has no choice. It will roll in ecstasy at your feet."
— Franz Kafka (via colordesignlife)
— Dossie Easton & Catherine A. Liszt (via meadow-larks)
Bill Gates’s favorite author, who has published more than 30 books, attests to the power of work ethic, echoing E. B. White’s contention that “a writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper,” Chuck Close’s assertion that "inspiration is for amateurs – the rest of us just show up and get to work." Tchaikovsky and Jack White would agree.
Or, as Isabel Allende aptly put it, "Show up, show up, show up, and after a while the muse shows up, too."explore-blog)
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One of the myths we have about creativity is that sometimes we have a calling, that you know that every day of your life, when in truth, half of writing a first draft is very much about failure.
I used to believe in the myth of the big idea: The big idea hits and you never look back. It’s sort of like when you meet a couple that’s been together for a long time and the question you ask is “How did you guys meet?” And there’s always a great story. But the real question — and the one that hopefully you’re too polite to ask — isn’t “How did you guys meet?” but “How did you stick together?” That’s the story of writing a book. How did you stick with it? How did you get through the day-to-day? I think one of the reasons you get so many questions about process — “Do you plot?” “How do you do it?” “How do you do it every day?” — is because people want to believe there’s a way to take the pain out of the process of writing. And there really isn’t. You’re going to have days that are terrible."
— Advice on writing your first book from Leigh Bardugo and other published authors. Complement with the collected advice of literary icons and Neil Gaiman on why you should finish things. (via explore-blog)