Breaking through the pain of sitting down to write is one my the greatest accomplishments a person can make. As Steve Jobs famously said; “Real artists ship”. There is a stark difference between having great ambitions, intentions and ideas, and delivering. Real artists understand the pain of consistency where sparks of inspiration are like water in a desert and motivation seems unobtainable. To say a great deal in the fewest words is the goal. In order to achieve that goal, it takes consistent sitting down and doing. It’s not motivating, there is no desire, there is just you and your pursuit. When beginning this pursuit, there was all the motivation and sparks of inspiration that got you to start. This is false advertising because once the honeymoon wore off, you were left with something you didn’t want to marry; hard freakin work.
To say a great deal in the fewest words
Although attributed mostly to Samuel Langhorne Clemens or Benjamin Franklin it was first Blaise Pascal that coined this idea.
“I have made this letter longer because I have not had the time to make it shorter.”
Upon first review, the quote seems counterintuitive. If you want to write a short letter, just write a short letter. But that’s not the point. To say a great deal in the fewest words is the end pursuit, and that takes time and effort. Struggling through sitting down and just starting to work is what ultimately refines you into a true artist. It’s the only way you can break past your current boundaries and grow. It’s the discipline that sets you free.