Writing a novel is so … hard
Spending a year or two, huddled over your keyboard, working on something people will digest in a few hours and go, “Yeah it was cool. 4 stars.” Or that most people will never bother with because they expect it to be shit, or they don’t care for books.
You paint a picture that takes you six months and people go, “That’s nice.”
You write an album that takes a year, practicing five nights a week or more, and people listen to it once and chuck it in the pile.
You have to do big things not for others, but because you will be miserable if you don’t try.
You’re waiting for inspiration? Sweat motherfucker. Perspire.
You want a muse? Look in the mirror. So wow!
Hoping for the lotto? Be the lotto.
Dreaming of a better future? Create it.
Waiting for love? Go find it. Be love.
Worried about haters? Let them hate. You will create. They will be inspired and change sides.
A victim is someone who is acted upon, who never claims responsibility for their actions, for their circumstance. They make excuses, justifications, claims of great injustice.
“I would but I have kids.”
“It’s different for me.”
“If only I had the time.”
“I can’t quit my job.”
“I just don’t have enough money.”
“I’m not that smart.”
“I don’t live in the right place.”
“Cannibalistic zombie rape gangs have encircled my compound (static) I’m running low on food and water. Oh my…, oh…there are only two bullets left and…and… I’m not sure. (loud noises) to use them to escape, or on myself.”
Boo, hoo, hoo. We’ve all heard that one before.
Today is the day you make a plan. Grab a notepad, and write everything you are grateful for. Yes, that cheesy shit. Write everything you want to do with your life.
Do not let reality limit your imagination. Be a Unicorn. Fuck it. Fuck them. Be She-Ra, or Satan. Whatever you need. I like me, but richer and cooler.
Want to travel to Europe and meet a sexy man? Write that down.
Want to write a best selling self help book? Write it down.
Want to start a cooking school and make a billion dollars? Write that down.
Draw it. Sing it. Do something with your mind.
You will create a reality, by engaging in fantasy. So start fantasizing, and notice that the act of writing it down is action.
Action is what you do after you finish feeling sorry for yourself
And you can experience all the emotions you crave, with your imagination.
This is art.
This will HEAL you.
Or at least help you escape for a few hours.
Then show a few friends what you did today. And take the criticism with gratitude and humility.
It’s supposed to be hard.
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