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I could probably title every post I ever write with a quote from O Brother, Where Art Thou?
When Pete says the above to Everett, his reply is one of the foundations of art: “It’s a fool who looks for logic in the chambers of the human heart.”
During the final proofreading of A Long, Hard Look James discovered a logical anomaly. Since that’s part of his job, he done good. Next book he proofs, I expect no less.
I’m leaving it the way it is. Here’s why: … more … “That Don’t Make NO Sense”
Pressfield nails it again. Today’s post is about finding why, about asking yourself why you write, what you expect to happen.
And it’s about letting go of the stuff you simply cannot control.
He suggests asking yourself these questions:
- Was this a worthy effort?
- Did it call upon you to give more than you believed you had in you?
- Did you conduct yourself honorably in the enterprise?
- Did you give it all you had?
- Did you succeed according to your own standards, the measures that only you know and only you can define?
I intend to market A Long, Hard Look as well as I can.
I intend to accept whatever level of commercial success it achieves, because I can answer “yes” to those 5 questions, and that’s what matters.
Homeless, wandering the desert, the intrepid writer of Chandleresque cozies inched toward the final chapter of his book.
There he’d been, plugging away, over 4,000 words a day, when the house he lived in was sold, with circumstances forcing his family to move out and plan for a month-long “workation” in only 5 days.
They did it, and drove south.
It was warmer than he likes in Phoenix.
He picked up a cold in Santa Barbara.
He’s generally been busy enough, disrupted enough, tired enough to stop writing for a while. Wouldn’t be entirely unreasonable, right?
One of the places Resistance shows up is at the end of a project. … more … “Resistance vs Reality vs Reasonableness”