“The scariest moment is always just before you start.”
– Stephen King
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I remember reading this quote in Stephen King’s non-fiction book On Writing where he discusses…well, writing…and stuff. At the time I thought how spot on and true it was and as it turns out, this quote seems particularly apt for me at this week; not only because I am currently making my way through my first ever Stephen King novel (and it is a BRICK in every sense of the word, I’m enjoying it but it’s also taking forever to read and I’m approaching the two month mark) but also because since returning to university after Christmas I’ve been struggling to get motivated. This last week or so is the first where I’ve actually had assignments I need to be writing, but instead I am finding myself in avoidance mode, doing everything I possibly can to delay the inevitable. For some reason after a long break, writing an essay seems impossible. It’s like as soon as you get out of the mode and relax you feel as if you lose the skill and the mindset you had previously, and it’s like starting all over again!
So, I picked this quote out to remind myself that the scariest moment really is before you start, and that half the battle is just getting something down on paper, no matter how rubbish!
Have you had trouble starting something this week? Tell me your tales of woe! (It will make me feel better, hehee).
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