Welcome to Y…the second last day of this very long journey through the alphabet during April. So far, I’ve talked about quite a few traits you need as a writer to see a big project through to the end. Or, as the case may be, the need to realize when it’s time to stop and try again from a different angle, or to simply walk away. Despite all that rhetoric about never giving up, sometimes it’s the right thing to do. After all persevering down the wrong path doesn’t do you any good! Then again, that perfectionist inside you can also be a false friend.
Anyway, when it all boils down to it, it’s up to YOU whether you’re going to get finished or even started on writing that book along with working on your writing to make what you write worth reading. There are quite frankly way too many books out there that should never have been published by both publishers and their authors. I started reading one book recently, which I really should’ve enjoyed. However, it soon became clear that this book wasn’t polished. Had been “finished” too soon. While reaching the end does feel like a race when you’re in it, it also needs to be a stroll…a bit of stop start. Well, that is unless you’re a genius. Then again, you can always get on a roll.
So, without further preaching from me, here’s today’s run of quotes which roll along quite well on their own…
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your
shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And
YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”
― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone
else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living
with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the
noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner
voice. And most important, have the courage to
follow your heart and intuition.
“If you end up with a boring miserable life because you
listened to your mom, your dad, your teacher, your
priest, or some guy on television telling you how to do
your shit, then you deserve it.”
“Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a
second rate version of someone else.”
All of these quotes are good advice for all of us, not just for writers working to finish a book project. Indeed, I’m going to share them with my kids.
Hope you have a great week ahead and you’d better give me some applause. This is the first A-Z post which has been on time for quite a few weeks. I’m pretty chuffed.
Great choice for “Y”
Thanks, Dan. The quotes from Dr Suess were rather a great inspiration for that. I’ve also noticed that most of us are very good at shotting ourselves in the foot and have nobody to blame but ourselves most of the time.