You might think that writers are naturally inclined to use writing as therapy. But that’s not always the case.
This essay is an unedited excerpt from my upcoming book, The Art of Work, which comes out next March. Here are three stories about unfinished projects and what they can teach us.
I began my adult life as a traveler; in many ways, travel has made me who I am today. I think we all could learn to see our lives more as a journey than a destination. We would be better for it.
Recently, I heard that the word literally no longer means what it used to mean. This bothers me, but that’s the way language goes — it’s always evolving. In this week’s podcast, we discuss the constant state of flux in the writing world and how to survive the changes.
Not too long ago, a friend asked me to read his book. He’d written a rough draft and wasn’t quite sure what to do with it after that. After reading it and making some notes, I explained how writing a book involves five different drafts. He was surprised to hear that. Most people are.
When I was younger I played the trombone, but I didn’t really get it. I had friends who got it. You could tell orchestral music did something for them. I wanted to like it, I just didn’t. Perhaps that’s why I was always just a mediocre trombone player. I hated practicing my scales; that I remember.
At 19 years old, David Molnar had plans. But in one moment, a horrible car accident turned his world upside down.
His college athletic scholarship, his dream to be an airline pilot? Gone. He had to find a Plan B.
Hemingway never wrote drunk. Despite the quote being misattributed to him, the famous author apparently never said, “Write drunk, edit sober.” And if he did say it, he certainly didn’t practice what he preached.
The other day, I woke up early, got into my workout clothes, and did the worst thing ever. I checked email. An hour later, I had to peel my fingers from the keyboard and get dressed for work. I was out of time.
But that’s not exactly true. The truth is I had about ten minutes left before I had to start moving. So I had a choice…
The path to becoming a full time writer isn’t always a straight one. Sometimes your career will wind through a maze of experience. Are you determined enough to persevere?