Advice for Writers

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A work colleague was reading The Artists’ Way by Julia Cameron. I commented that I had never made it past week three. This was fairly typical for my self help reading. I started out with a bang, but didn’t stick with it, usually bailing after three weeks or so.

“Oh, I always read the whole thing first, and then cobble together my own plan,” J said.

My gut was “that’s cheating.” But then I thought, cheating who? So I read the whole book, cover to cover. I realized that I had missed the meat of Ms. Cameron’s message. And that even if I couldn’t keep up with my morning pages, I still deserved to move forward.

Now, there are some plans that should be followed. Like training for an athletic event. But other plans, or rules? I’ve decided my new rule of thumb is to take what I want, and…

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