Your brain needs time to mull things over and roam freely in odd places. Lacking that kind of freedom, your brain (and therefore you) gets frenzied and spastic, going through lots of motions but accomplishing little.
The thing that makes you a writer is pretty simple: You write words. There’s no need to pick apart whether your words are good, or what’s your motivation to write, or whether you can make a living as a writer. If you want to write, and you write words, you are a writer.
Anxiety makes your brain less able to think clearly. You are like that guy at the bar who insists, after 3 beers in an hour, that he is FINE to drive. And everyone sober around him takes one look at him and says, “Dude, you are so not fine!”
In a nutshell, that’s why you need to meditate.
You want to know why lawyers are such raging assholes? It’s that a huge majority of them are quite below-average when it comes to emotional intelligence. Lawyers are, in fact, a bunch of emotional fuckwits. They go through their days competing to the death, or avoiding like the plague.
That’s the mistake many of us make when embarking on a creative journey: We set our minimum performance standards to warp-factor high, and then when we don’t come even close, we conclude that we have no talent, and that we were fools for thinking that maybe we had a little.
Some of you may know that this is National Novel Writing Month—affectionately known as NaNoWriMo. The idea is that you write 50,000 words and call it a novel. No one grades it or evaluates it; you get your virtual trophy by uploading the text to the NaNoWriMo site, which verifies that you did, indeed, submit…
When lack of faith spreads inappropriately into other areas of your life, it robs you of good relationships and a rich life. Who wants to be friends with someone who constantly demands proof when you say you were mistreated by a colleague, for example? Who want to be with, or stay with, someone who constantly doubts their word? Intellectually, you know the answer.
Since 2007, the default font for Word has been Calibri, not Times New Roman. That’s a decade, people. The last version of Word that defaults to Times New Roman debuted in 2003. Possibly, you might want to appear a little more current than clinging to a 14 year-old default.