Listen, you are no longer a boy. You are forty. When will you learn not to wait for chance but to build on what you have and use each day to consolidate your position? Why have you never been anything more than Tribune? Because your plans always begin with next month.
We’re our own hardest critics and it’s easy to let ourselves down. Sleeping too late. Procrastinating.
To become a better you, be diligent and never let the charms of procrastination and excuses seduce you to fall for mediocrity.
It’s always been important for writers to be disciplined but now even more so. In addition to the traditional displacement activities like cleaning the fridge or eating cake writers are faced with a plethora of online possibilities (some of which may be professionally worthwhile as well as interesting and fun). As a writer it’s important to learn how to focus so you can do both as and when you need to.
When we procrastinate, we also put a hold on happiness.
The thing all writers do best is find ways to avoid writing.
Now there was no sign of any foul weather, but when one wishes to do a thing . . . one finds no lack of reasons for the doing.
You can put off your dreams, your desires, your careers, your farms. You can avoid your responsibilities, obligations, promises, and sovereign rights. But any person who wants to make music, and doesn’t, is a goddamned fool.
God will not allow you to add the words “next time” to now faith.
Everyone has the same amount of hours per day, it’s not that you don’t have enough time, it’s that you don’t have a clear focus