Alain de Botton
Good work tends to happen only at the end of day: when the fear of accomplishing nothing finally exceeds fear of doing it badly.
“The only possible way to begin a book is to tell oneself that its eventual failure is guaranteed — but survivable.”
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“Only by declaring a book completely finished can one start to see how much remains to be done on it.”
“It seems the only way to write a half decent book is to worry oneself sick on an hourly basis that one is producing a complete disaster.”
The only mood in which to start writing is self-disgust. Writing becomes an act of atonement for procrastination — and “self-waste.”
— Alain de Botton, master Twitterer