Sometimes you run across someone else's blog post which smacks you alongside the head and snaps you out of your comfort zone. Patti Digh's post from March 11th is one of them. Here are a few of my favorite snippets:
(substitute "make art" for writing or whatever it is that you want to do)
"sit back down and stay in the room. SURE, I know the laundry just got fascinating, but sit the hell down and write (make art)."
“I haven’t been able to write,” people say to me all the time. “No, actually,” I respond, “You have been able to write, but you have chosen not to.”
"sit the hell down and write. Sit alone with yourself and a piece of paper without thinking about an audience, your database, the best way to market using social media."
"Sit with yourself and your unique place in the world and write it all down. Write it all down. Speak your voice. So many people say they need to find their voice. You have a voice, now use it, damn it."
"Can’t say what you want because people won’t understand or like it? Who are you living for? Yourself or people with wallets? Yourself or applause? Yourself or validation?"
“People won’t like what I’ve written. They won’t buy it. It’ll never get published.” WHO CARES? Who cares."
For the full impact of the blog, please read the entire blog post at this link: