15 Truths

The Portland Ballet Company re-posted some great thoughts from ballet dancer Melanie Doskocil about the rigors of being a dancer. See the original here.

I've edited them for my own purposes as a writer:

  1. Writing is hard. No writer ever became successful on her talents alone. Writers must work hard and persevere. 
  2. You won't always get what you want. The faster you accept this, the sooner you can get on with being brilliant.
  3. There's a lot you don't know. There is always more to learn from even your least favorite teachers, colleagues, etc.
  4. There may not be a tomorrow. Infuse every day with passion and joy.
  5. There's a lot you can't control. Don't waste your talent or energy on worrying about things you can't control. Focus on being the best writer you can be. Keep an open mind and a positive attitude.
  6. Information is not true knowledge. Knowledge comes from experience. Find opportunities to write.
  7. Show up early, know your material, be prepared.
  8. Someone else will always have more than you / be better than you. Rather than get caught up in the drama, focus on the things you are good at, the things you need to work on, and the things that make you happiest as a writer.
  9. You can't change the past. Everyone has made mistakes; move forward.
  10. The only person who can make you happy (or unhappy) is you. The root of happiness comes from your relationship with yourself, not from how successful (or unsuccessful you are).
  11. There will always be people who won't like you / your writing. Concentrate on doing what you know in your heart in right.
  12. Sometimes you will fail. Failure is a part of life. It can be the catalyst for some of your greatest growth and learning. If you never fail, you could never appreciate your successes.
  13. Sometimes you will have to write for free. 
  14. Repetition is good; doing the same thing over and expecting different results is insane. If you keep doing what you're doing, you'll keep getting what you're getting. If you want to grow beyond your comfort zone, you must push yourself beyond your perceived limits.
  15. You will never feel 100% done. You have to take risks and trust the world.