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#794 Never to fly to Vegas

#794 Never to fly to Vegas
The first step is almost always to sit down and start working, and it’s almost never to fly to Vegas and wait for somebody to offer you a business venture.

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From the archives (2017)

249/365 The not-do list

249/365 The not-do list
Instead of writing a to-do list for tomorrow’s work, try writing a list of things you are not going to do instead.

From "Do It Tomorrow and Other Secrets of Time Management"
by Mark Forster

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248/365 The wait until that next day

248/365 The wait until that next day
”When I am working on a book or a story I write every morning as soon after first light as possible. There is no one to disturb you and it is cool or cold and you come to your work and warm as you write. You read what you have written and, as you always stop when you know what is going to happen next, you go on from there. You write until you come to a place where you still have your juice and know what will happen next and you stop and try to live through until the next day when you hit it again. You have started at six in the morning, say, and may go on until noon or be through before that. When you stop you are as empty, and at the same time never empty but filling, as when you have made love to someone you love. Nothing can hurt you, nothing can happen, nothing means anything until the next day when you do it again. It is the wait until that next day that is hard to get through.” - Ernest Hemingway

From "Daily Rituals: How Great Minds Make Time, Find Inspiration, and Get to Work"
by Mason Currey

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247/365 Why I am never bored

247/365 Why I am never bored
”Do you understand now why I am never bored? For over fifty years I have not stopped working for an instant. From nine o’clock to noon, first sitting. I have lunch. Then I have a little nap and take up my brushes again at two in the afternoon until the evening. You won’t believe me. On Sundays, I have to tell all sorts of tales to the models. I promise them that it’s the last time I will ever beg them to come and pose on that day. Naturally I pay them double. Finally, when I sense that they are not convinced, I promise them a day off during the week. “But Monsieur Matisse,” one of them answered me, “this has been going on for months and I have never had one afternoon off.” Poor things! They don’t understand. Nevertheless I can’t sacrifice my Sundays for them merely because they have boyfriends.” - Henri Matisse

From "Daily Rituals: How Great Minds Make Time, Find Inspiration, and Get to Work"
by Mason Currey

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246/365 Lonely and marvelous

246/365 Lonely and marvelous
”I keep a hotel room in which I do my work—a tiny, mean room with just a bed, and sometimes, if I can find it, a face basin. I keep a dictionary, a Bible, a deck of cards and a bottle of sherry in the room. I try to get there around 7, and I work until 2 in the afternoon. If the work is going badly, I stay until 12:30. If it’s going well, I’ll stay as long as it’s going well. It’s lonely, and it’s marvelous.” - Maya Angelou

From "Daily Rituals: How Great Minds Make Time, Find Inspiration, and Get to Work"
by Mason Currey

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245/365 With you constantly

245/365 With you constantly
 Maugham often felt impatient to begin again. “When you’re writing, when you’re creating a character, it’s with you constantly, you’re preoccupied with it, it’s alive,” he said—adding that when you “cut that out of your life, it’s a rather lonely life.”

From "Daily Rituals: How Great Minds Make Time, Find Inspiration, and Get to Work"
by Mason Currey

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