Best. Writing. Advice. Ever!

Roger Ebert: "The Muse visits during the act of creation, not before. Don't wait for her. Start alone.”

True x 100. I never put off writing when I'm stuck. Being in the story always helps me through the stuckness. The muse does indeed, as the critic has said before, visit while you're writing, not before.

But, really, doesn't this apply to everything in life? Gamely enter anything, whether it is a problem to solve or a complicated recipe or a much-desired date, if you want to find your way through. Don't hem and haw at entrances for too long, is my policy.

If you've made it to the entrance you can make it inside. And once inside everything looks better and easier. The ridiculous phantoms you created at the door are gone. Poof.

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