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First forget inspiration

25 October 2017

First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won’t. Habit is persistence in practice.

Octavia E. Butler


3 Comments to “First forget inspiration”

  1. Love this! I had not encountered it until Jamie quoted it in the comments on the video How an Artist Turns Pro. Great stuff!

  2. I hit a point about 2/3 of the way through each novel that I write where I get kind of bored with the project. This is usually about the time I become inspired by a great idea for another novel. I just have to work through it. That’s where persistence comes to bear.

    Then, as I get closer to the end, I start to get excited about the project again. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and focus on getting it done and ready for publication.

    I’m often hit with inspiration. But without habit and persistence, I’d never finish anything.

  3. Here is another good look at writing, also a trailer for California Typewriter and people’s obsession with the classic form of writing device.

    Tom Hanks on the ‘high wire act’ of writing

    California Typewriter Official Trailer #1 (2017) Tom Hanks, John Mayer Documentary Movie

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