“Alone, even doing nothing, you do not waste your time. You do, almost always, in company. No encounter with yourself can be altogether sterile. Something necessarily emerges, even if only the hope of some day meeting yourself again.” – Emil Cioran
It’s my honest belief that people aren’t built to be alone. Most people can’t stand silence. The world grows noisier and faster every day. We rarely stop and look around, we rarely try to spend time alone, to figure things out for ourselves.
“Why?” is the one question that makes us more human than any other, and we’ve stopped asking it. We don’t care.
But artists are different. Continue reading TMM: Solitude
“If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster.”
― Isaac Asimov
In my humble opinion, there are two main rules to becoming a writer: read a lot and write a lot. You can’t do one without the other, no matter how much you try. Fiction writing is different than any other kind of writing, and there’s a point in knowing the conventions of the genre before you can break them.
But today’s post is about writing. A lot. Continue reading TMM: Write, write, write
If you only worked out when you felt like it, it would be as if you didn’t work out much at all. No one could see it, actually.
If you only wrote/painted/danced when you felt like it, then…
Inspiration and motivation are not as important as we like to believe. It’s not the words that bleed out of you that make the difference. They’re the icing on top, the spices and herbs… can’t survive by eating them.
It’s habit that keeps you going. It’s rehearsing over and over again until you feel like falling apart, it’s editing that novel until you hate it and can’t stand to read it again. It’s gruesome. It’s not pretty, but then again the lifestyles of the rich and famous are not as glamorous as we’d like to believe. It’s not all parties and travel and yachts, you know.
I wish it were different, but it’s not.
Greatness is not a singular moment. It’s not the punch that knocks out your opponent, not the penalty kick, not the moment you deliver the acceptance speech for your Nobel Prize…
Greatness is not the world record breaking sprint…
Greatness is not what others see…
It’s all the parts that lead up to that sprint or punch or kick…
The parts that no one claps for. Continue reading TMM: The Parts No One Claps For
“Write to write. Write because you need to write. Write to settle the rage within you. Write with an internal purpose. Write about something or someone that means so much to you, that you don’t care what others think.” – Nick Miller
There are a million different reasons to write something. The narcissistic belief that what you have to say is important to others, the selfless ideal of helping save this world through art and beauty…
Fame. Money. Love.
Heartbreak. Depression. Solitude.
All of them are important reasons.
But there’s something about writing just to write, writing to get the words out of your head… Continue reading TMM: Write to Write
Many have been told and honestly believe that writing a certain number of words each day is the surest way to becoming a successful writer. Even though I don’t deny it, sometimes I feel it’s a bit more complicated than that.
Continue reading TMM: Word Count
“An artist is always alone – if he is an artist.” – Henry Miller
Writing is a lonely job, no doubt about it. And no matter how successful you might become, you’re still alone. It’s the inexorable truth of the writer’s condition: you sit at your desk, in an empty room or in the most crowded coffee shop, yet you’re alone. You just do your thing.
Of course, this poses a rather interesting question: if you spend that much time alone, how do you find stuff to write about? Continue reading TMM: A Lonely Job