I found these lines from a poem in a piece written by Cloud Atlas author, David Mitchell, for The Atlantic called ‘How to Write: “Neglect Everything Else”.’ It’s too true, but how often do we forget?
I try. I really do.
Some ideas on how to create a writing routine.
Wise words from a man who, against all odds, shaped destiny. Fight for your writing.
Feeling like you need a boost, to share in other writers’ failures unhappiness even when they’ve achieved so-called success? I really like what Anne Enright has to say:
‘ You must recognise that failure is 90% emotion, 10% self-fulfilling reality, and the fact that we are haunted by it is neither here nor there. The zen of it is that success and failure are both an illusion, that these illusions will keep you from the desk, they will spoil your talent; they will eat away at your life and your sleep and the way you speak to the people you love.’
Remember, just keep writing a really good book. The best you can. Make that your definition of success.
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