October 18

When I was younger, and imagined what it would be like to write a book, I pictured myself sitting in a busy coffee shop on a cool, breezy day sipping on a latte while thinking deep thoughts about… something profound. Now, having written and published five (almost six!) books, I’ve learned something very important: there’s nothing romantic about the creative process. More often than not I am carving out time in between meetings to ensure that my daily allotment of words get written and that I’m making steady progress on whatever project I’m into at the moment. Its less “spontaneous Parisian cafe bliss” and more “purposeful practical progress”. 

Now, please know that these moments of pragmatic creating are peppered with unexpected insights, excitements, and breakthrough celebrations. Those moments are very special, indeed. However, if you rely on moments like those to fuel your progress, you will inevitably stall. 

To be a pro, you must commit to the steady, methodical, progressive attack of your work day by day and release the notion of romantic creativity. However, just like any good marriage has its fill of everyday moments and relatively humdrum mechanics to accompany the deeply romantic moments, your work will also surprise and delight you with occasional romance as well.

Drop the notion that creative work is romantic. Engage in steady progress on your creative work, and the romance will sneak up on you.   

Question:  What does steady progress on your work look like today?

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