Sunday, December 4, 2011

Wanting What You Have

You have the writing talent you have, and you have the skill level you have. And at this moment, you have the technical capabilities that you have.

You have to be grateful for this, while at the same time you have to be hungry enough to keep practicing in order to improve. People don't come out of the womb writing like Hemingway. Therefore, don't be greedy--or insecure--about your current abilities. Be grateful for them, accept them, and work with them. Use them. And improve them, relentlessly.

PS: Yes this is a blog about writing, but you can apply this idea to any discipline: painting, singing, dancing, running, tennis, yodelling. Nobody comes out of the womb yodelling or playing tennis like Hemingway either.

The exceptional book How To Want What You Have inspired this post.