A dear friend pointed me to Steven Pressfield’s words this morning. I gratefully pass them on to my fellow writers.
Put Your Ass Where Your Heart Wants To Be
By Steven Pressfield | Published: April 17, 2013
If you wanna get strong, go to the gym.
If you wanna get fast, go to the track.
If you wanna get rich, go to (I’ve never figured that one out).
The point is: where the body goes, the spirit follows.
Therefore, move thy butt.
Put your ass where your heart wants to be.
If you want to paint, don’t agonize, don’t ikonize, don’t self-hypnotize. Shut up and get into the studio. Once your physical envelope is standing before the easel, your heart and mind will follow.
If you want to write, plant your backside in front of the typewriter. Don’t get up from the chair, no matter how many brilliantly-plausible reasons your Resistance-churning brain presents to you. Sooner or later your fingers will settle onto the keys. Not long after that, I promise, the goddess will slip invisibly but powerfully into the room.
That’s the trick. There’s nothing more to it.
- Put Your Ass Where Your Heart Wants To Be (stevenpressfield.com)
- Writer inspiration: Steven Pressfield (lostwaxmfc.wordpress.com)
- The War of Art (evolvingape.net)
- Fight Resistance And Do The Work! (somebodysuperbody.com)