Sometimes you’re not sure where to start.
Maybe you don’t need to lock yourself in.
I’ve been using the template above for the last month.
Here is my Eclectic Journal prototype, along with a third page detailing the origins of three of the components.
I hope it works for some of you.
And feel free to pass it along.
Maybe you’ve put a face to the voice of doubt.
But you’re just getting started.
To quote Steven Pressfield in The War of Art, ‘resistance never sleeps.’
You will hear the knock at the door every day.
It is a daily struggle.
To quote the author: “From age twenty-four to thirty-two, Resistance kicked my ass from East Coast to West and back again thirteen times and I never even knew it existed.”
So, knowing it exists, aim to win today and worry about tomorrow, well, tomorrow.
I’ll close with perhaps my favorite quote from the book:
“Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.”
Once again, a sincere note of appreciation to Tara Rodden Robinson for not just introducing me to this book, but actually gifting me with it, way back in 2006.
Further proof that she really wanted to change the lives of her students.
No commissions here. Just another book I believe in.
You reach for your pen and, to ‘make it happen’, you ‘write it down’.
This is the key message of Henriette Anne Klauser’s Write It Down, Make It Happen.
It is a go-to book that reminds you to put your whole life–not just your writing life–on the front burner.
Many thanks to Tara Rodden Robinson for introducing me to WID,MIH back in 2006.
No commissions here. Just a book I believe in.
So you’ve shrugged off criticism.
And writer’s guilt? Gone for now!
But someone approaches you with a profitable offer and, freed of fear and doubt, you say, “Yes.”
Here are a few tips on tackling a big writing job…[Note: this is geared toward academia, but the guidelines still apply.]
On the fiction side, try some prewriting strategies.
You have to decide which ones are worth listening to.
A few gems from those who have lived with criticism throughout their entire writing life…
“If critics say your work stinks it’s because they want it to stink and they can make it stink by scaring you into conformity with their comfortable little standards. Standards so low that they can no longer be considered “dangerous” but set in place in their compartmental understandings.” — Jack Kerouac
“The thing people don’t realize, God bless them, is that my books are supposed to suck.”
— Stephanie Meyer
“I would rather be attacked than unnoticed. For the worst thing you can do to an author is to be silent as to his works.” — Samuel Johnson
“Critics in New York are made by their dislikes, not by their enthusiasms.” — Irwin Shaw
Writing projects…coming at you from all sides.
Most of them half-completed. [if you’re lucky].
Let’s hope you’re taking yesterday’s dealing with guilt advice to heart.
But there’s still work to do.
Sort out the three or four ‘loudest’, most insistent projects.
And get back to scheduling.
Give each of them at least 15 minutes.
[You and I both know those sessions will stretch to 25 or 30 minutes.]
You will see real progress and, even more important, you can sleep soundly knowing these projects are no longer collecting psychic dust.