20 things I tell myself when I write

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  1. No matter how slow you’re going you’re lapping everyone on the couch.
  2. Art is never finished. It’s just abandoned.
  3. Do what you can where you are with what you have.
  4. Perfect is the enemy of good.
  5. Do something today your future self will thank you for.
  6. When you don’t know what to do, do anything.
  7. Writing sucks. If you only wrote when you felt like it you’d never write anything.
  8. Keep in mind the gospel according to St. Dorothy Parker “I hate writing. I love having written.”
  9. And Gloria Stienham “Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.”
  10. Motivation FOLLOWS action.
  11. Inspiration is for amateurs.
  12. Great people do things, mediocre people talk about doing things small people bag other people who are doing things.
  13. Action speaks louder than coffee chats.
  14. People don’t regret the risks they took that didn’t work out. They regret the risks they didn’t take.
  15. There is only one way to avoid critism. Do nothing, say nothing, be nothing Aristotle.
  16. Pull your finger out, sing from your heart and don’t write with anyone on your shoulder.
  17. I am not making a living I am making a life.
  18. When fisherman can’t go to sea the repair their nets.
  19. There is plenty of time to sleep when you’re dead.
  20. When you find yourself in hell,  just keep going – Winston Churhcill.

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