Posts Tagged ‘writing’

do not feel guilty about idleness

If you write, good ideas must come welling up into you so that you have something to write. If good ideas do not come at once, or for a long time, do not be troubled at all. Wait for them. Put down little ideas no matter how insignificant they are. But do not feel, any more, guilty about idleness and solitude.


do not afraid

if you’re afraid you can’t write, the answer is to write. every sentence you construct adds weight to the balance pan. if you’re afraid of what other people will think of your efforts, don’t show them until you write your way beyond your fear. if writing a book is impossible, write a chapter. if writing a chapter is impossible, write a page. if writing a page is impossible, write a paragraph. if writing a paragraph is impossible, write a sentence. if writing even a sentence is impossible, write a word and teach yourself everything there is to know about that word and then write another, connected word and see where their connection leads. a page a day is a book a year.


nulis terus

write as often as possible,

not with the idea at once of getting into print,

but as if you were learning an instrument.



protect the time and space in which you write.

keep everybody away from it,

even the people who are most important to you.


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