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Failure is Easy.

It’s easier to fail. Success is hard, no matter how you measure it. For me, it’s writing. It’s easier and, usually, more fun to fail. Galloping across the farthest reaches of Northrend with Kat in World of Warcraft, or catching up on the latest episodes of Leverage, or rewatching Doctor Who or Battlestar Galactica… Failing is easier. Hours pass and I realize I didn’t write again today.

Deadlines are a little better. People are more likely to leave you alone when there’s a paycheck on the line than if it’s some ephemeral personal project. But I need to buckle down. More paying gigs would be nice, but there are three personal projects that are important to me. I have to stop getting in my own way.

To that end, I need to establish habits. In Twyla Tharp’s book The Creative Habit, she says “first steps are hard… Turning something into a ritual eliminates the question, Why am I doing this?” (The book, by the way, is awesome. I can’t recommend it enough.) I need my rituals. This blog will become one of them.

Artists limber up by sketching. That’s one purpose this blog will serve… It’s hard to stare at a blank page, but once you get your mind in the writing mode, it’s a lot easier to just keep going. So I’ll see you here, right? It’s no fun without you.

Originally published at Fragments of Shadow. You can comment here or there.

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chicagofats
Sep. 17th, 2009 06:47 pm (UTC)
The Twyla Tharp book sounds really good, I will definitely have to check it out.

I'm an aspiring writer who recently started a blog, but just for kicks. However, what you've said here makes a lot of sense to me. All blank pages are difficult, right? No matter what you're looking to write or why.

Thanks for helping me to see things in a different light and I'm looking forward to reading more.

Cheers!
Jenn
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