Monday, November 30, 2015

Motivational Monday


THE GREAT AMERICAN NOVELIST ROBERT STONE
ONCE JOKED THAT HE POSSESSED THE TWO
WORST QUALITIES IMAGINABLE IN A WRITER:
HE WAS LAZY, AND HE WAS A PERFECTIONIST.

INDEED, THOSE ARE THE ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS
FOR TORPOR AND MISERY, RIGHT THERE.
IF YOU WANT TO LIVE A CONTENTED CREATIVE LIFE,
YOU DO NOT WANT TO CULTIVATE
 EITHER ONE OF THOSE TRAITS, TRUST ME. 

WHAT YOU WANT 
IS TO CULTIVATE QUITE THE OPPOSITE:
YOU MUST LEARN HOW TO BECOME A
DEEPLY DISCIPLINED HALF-ASS.
(Elizabeth Gilbert)

That is what I did all through November during NaNo. 

And you know what? 

It. Was. Great.

You know what else?

I'm going to keep doing it, in my writing, in all my creative endeavors, and in my life. 

Care to join me?

14 comments:

Maria Zannini said...

Ha ha ha! Well, I got at least half of that right. I'm uber disciplined. I don't know if I'll ever kick the perfectionist out of me though.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I hear you. I have to haul that perfectionist tendency out of me, kicking and screaming, time and again, but it is so much nicer when she's gone. :)

Liza said...

Congratulations on Nano! I never dare and am so impressed with those who do!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

That made me laugh. I think I got the half-ass right for November anyway.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Thank you! Although you probably wouldn't be so impressed if you saw the giant pile of...um...stuff I ended up with. :)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

It makes me laugh every time I read it. :)

Murees Dupè said...

I definitely need to be more disciplined. I have been rather lazy. Half-assing might be a step up for me. Have a great week.

Anonymous said...

Ha! This week's motivation is hilarious, yet rings true.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Hmm, does that mean you were quarter-assing? :)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

It totally is, and does. :)

J.H. Moncrieff said...

That's awesome. Congratulations on your NaNo! You did an amazing job.

I always feel so good when I accomplish that goal. I hope to keep going with it this month...would be happy to be an accountability buddy.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Yeh for you, too! I'm not sure yet what I'm going to do with that ms, but I will definitely keep that accountability buddy idea in mind. :)

Donna Volkenannt said...

I need to follow the advice from Elizabeth Gilbert. Thanks for posting it.
This year I didn't participate in NaNo, but I have been working on a NaNo novel I began two years ago. I am determined to finish it!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

You might be interested in Gilbert's book about creativity, Big Magic - excellent!

Good luck finishing that NaNo novel!