Monday, 1 February 2010

Let's all be like Goethe!

"Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative or creation there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would otherwise never have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favour all manner of incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man would have believed would have come his way.

What ever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace, and power in it." Goethe

It's Monday, and the start of a new month. If you're thinking about starting that novel, sending out that short story to a competition, going to that writers conference, why not do it now? The only certainty in life is if you don't do anything about it, nothing will happen. No one is going to do it for you. Do it now, whatever it is, commit, and let the action empower you. Be like Goethe.


2 comments:

liz fenwick said...

I needed to read this today. I have been struggling with internal demons - a damned sentence and scene that I don't yet know or what to write - just that I have to write it.

thanks.
lx

Sarah Duncan said...

Glad it helped! I always think that if you get stuck on a particular scene you should just hop over it and move to something else. After all, there's no commandment that you should write in chronological order, and I find that when I come back usually I can't see what I was making such a fuss about. Hope the scene works out

ATB Sarah