Writing is a craft in the way that carpentry is a craft: There’s art to it, sure, and a certain inspiration required of it, definitely, but for the most part you’re just sawing and sanding and getting dust in your eyes.
We awaken by asking the right questions.
Everything you need to learn about writing you will learn, and can only learn, by writing. So get rid of the TV and work. And when you’re stuck, write why you’re stuck, with merciless honesty, and you will become unstuck.
You don’t need everyone to love you, just a few good people.
Unlike self-criticism, which asks if you’re good enough, self-compassion asks what’s good for you?
You have to live with the notion of, “If I don’t write this, no one’s going to write it. If I die, this idea dies with me.”
Rock and roll is commitment. Rock and roll is passion and spirit.
If you are not afraid of the voices inside you, you will not fear the critics outside you.