“By having expectations, we are planting the seeds of our future sense of failure when those expectations aren’t met. They are loud grating static that detracts from the much more important and fulfilling act of writing. They fill our hearts and minds so full of what an “ideal” career/writing path should look like that we don’t recognize the wild and wonderful and potentially hugely satisfying career path we DO have.”
On Expectations and External Validation :: Robin LaFevers
“Deafness freed Beethoven as a composer because he no longer had society’s soundtrack in his ears.”
On Beethoven and the Gifts of Silence :: Cal Newport
“I teach art students to normalize struggle! It is truly the only way good work is ever made.”
The Arc of Every Long Project :: John Hendrix
Do you have a copy? Mine came in a Happy Meal.
50 years later, ‘The Monster at the End of This Book’ is still selling — and inspiring authors :: Philadelphia Enquirer