Monday, April 11, 2011

The Only Time *Success* Comes Before *Work* Is In The Dictionary

Someone a lot smarter than me said that, so I'm in no way taking credit.

It's just something I like to remind myself of when I'm feeling frustrated, or tired, or burned out, or blocked.

Sure, people get lucky, get nepo-tized,* or simply stumble into their big break. The majority don't. The majority sacrifice their social lives, their time with family, and their doctor-recommended eight hours of sleep to work their little booties off on a project that may never see the light of day.

So when the rewrites feel like they'll never end, when I'm quite sure that I just can't make that note work in the context of the story, when I'm positive that I'll just die if I don't get out of that chair and outside for some fresh air, I remind myself that the only way out is through.**

Shut up and get it done.


*a variation on nepotism, not actually a word
** also something that someone a lot smarter than me came up with


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