Work until you no longer have to introduce yourself.
Changing the way you think is an on going process. Like working out, it’s about repetition and getting comfortable with the uncomfortable. It’s about seeing results and using that as leverage and motivation to continue to think different then live different.
If cats looked like frogs we’d realize what nasty, cruel little bastards they are. Style. That’s what people remember.
Terry Pratchett, Lords and Ladies (via observando)
Look at the sky. We are not alone. The whole universe is friendly to us and conspires only to give the best to those who dream and work.
Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.
i think about this quote all the time and felt like reposting it because, of all the dumb inspiring quotes about ~what it means to be a writer~ that i encounter, this is the most honest.