Just write. Just write. Just write.
Finally, there is no perfection. If you want to write, you have to cut through and write. There is no perfect atmosphere, notebook, pen, or desk, so train yourself to be flexible. Try writing under different circumstances and in different places. Try trains, buses, at kitchen tables, alone in the woods leaning against a tree, by a stream with your feet in the water, in the desert sitting on a rock, on the curb in front of your house, on a porch, a stoop, the back seat of a car, in the library, at a lunch counter, in an alley, at the unemployment office, in the dentist's waiting room, at a bar in a wooden booth, at the airport, in Texas, Kansas, or Guatemala, while sipping a Coke, smoking a cigarette, eating a bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich.
There is a great sense of autonomy and security to know we can write anyplace. If you want to write, finally you'll find a way no matter what.
(Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within, expanded edition. Shambhala Publications, 2005)
More Writers on Writing:
- John Updike on the Pleasures of Writing
- Joyce Carol Oates on Writing: "Don't Give Up"
- Writers on Writing: E.B. White
Image: Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within, expanded edition, by Natalie Goldberg (Shambhala Publications, 2005)