I’m traveling for a few days, so I’m offering one of my most popular posts:
- When you wake in the middle of the night and realize you have a brilliant sentence balancing on the edge of your semi-conscious brain, tell yourself you’ll remember it in the morning and roll over.
- Finish your work, make phone calls, respond to all the e-mails in your inbox, clean the house and pluck any unwanted hairs before you let yourself have a creative moment.
- Never, ever play hooky.
- Believe you need to wallpaper your existence with hundred dollar bills instead of wrapping it around yourself like a beautiful poem.
- Think you have nothing left to learn.
- Forget that the shades of gray between the black and white lines are by far the most interesting parts of life.
- Believe that playing is just for kids.
- Show your half-finished creation to many other people and let them staple their hastily-formed opinions all over it.
- Try to be the best at doing what all the other artists are doing, instead of discovering your own unique vision.
- Be afraid of looking stupid.
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