Challenge - Inspiration and Motivation Are Overrated

🚀 Don't let perfectionism hold you back - Issue #170

Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” — Stephen King

Some people wait until they feel motivated to exercise. Those people are guaranteed to fail.

Similarly, some folks are waiting for inspiration to strike before they start that big project sitting on their to-do list (e.g., writing a book). That list has been gathering dust for years.

Every successful author made writing a habit. They write (or wrote) — usually every day — whether they felt like it or not.

  • Michael Crichton wrote 10,000 words a day.

  • Anne Rice writes about 5,000 words day and sticks to her writing routine.

  • Ernest Hemingway tracked his daily progress on a large chart made out of cardboard. His regular output ranged from 450 to 1,250 words per day. He’d put in extra work when he knew he’d spend the next day fishing.

My point with all of this is that you shouldn’t be afraid to “spill the ink on the page.” Don’t worry about creating something perfect. Don’t wait for inspiration to s…

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