Daily Writing Tip 22 of 100, What I Know

For one hundred days, I’m going to post a writing tip each day. I have a whole bookshelf full of writing books and I want to do some reading and increased studying of this valuable resource. This will help me keep track of anything I’ve learned, and help motivate me to keep going. If anyone has a favorite tip of their own to add, contact me. I’d love to put it up here.

Today’s tip – What I Know

Source – The War Of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle by Steven Pressfield

WHAT I KNOW  
There’s a secret that real writers know that wannabe writers don’t, and the secret is this: It’s not the writing part that’s hard. What’s hard is sitting down to write.   What keeps us from sitting down is Resistance.  

THE UNLIVED LIFE  
Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance.

What Steven Pressfield calls Resistance goes by many names. I usually refer to it as The Void of Chaos. Whatever you call it, however you know it (and you do know it) it is the enemy. It is the greatest enemy – the perpetually undefeated enemy.

You can’t defeat it, but you can fight it. That’s the best you can do.

I’m sorry.

What I learned this week, December 23, 2011



The most important books I have read (recently)

The War of Art

and its companion

Do The Work

From Steven Pressfield


I’ve been a fan of Lana Del Rey for a long time (well, since June. In the world of modern pop culture, seven months is an eternity). It looks like she is going to break out – she has signed to Interscope Records and her album, Born to Die, will be out on January 31.

Best of all, it looks like she will be the musical guest on Saturday Night Live on January 14.

Another single is out in the UK – Off to the Races. I’m not sure about it yet…

What I really am enjoying is that Lana Del Rey is rapidly becoming a polarizing artist – even though she doesn’t even have a real record or a real career yet – she is piling up the haters.

I love it…. You see, I know what I like, and I like Lana Del Rey.




Whenever you are feeling good, maybe full of holiday cheer. When you feel hope welling up within your breast and you know that mankind has a bright future ahead of him in this best of all possible worlds.

When you feel like that, read this next article and be reminded that we are all, all completely doomed.

Young brother eats cocaine from older sibling’s butt, then dies of overdose,

Believe it or not, the actual story is even worse than the headline suggests.