WEEK 20 - PERSEVERE

“If you happen to discover after a few years away from writing, that you have found nothing that takes its place in your life — nothing that fascinates you, or moves you, or inspires you to the same degree that writing once did...well then, sir, I am afraid you will have no choice but to persevere.”

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WEEK 17 - DAY JOBS

How lucky am I that I am an artist, who is here to tell stories of humanity and I have gotten to do so many jobs, and connect so fully to the experience of being human? That’s my real job. And yours too.

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WEEK 15 - Vows

We need to be SO IN LOVE with our dreams, our creativity and creative living that we VOW to stay forever, and then spend our lives holding that vow as sacred.

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Week 14 - Results

How many of us determine how our opening night performance felt once the critic’s review is in our hands?

We are slaves to the results.
And they are none of our business.

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WEEK 13 - GET BACK TO WORK

“Quit your complaining. It’s not the world’s fault that you wanted to be an artist. It’s not the world’s job to enjoy the films you make, and it’s certainly not the world’s obligation to pay for your dreams. Nobody wants to hear it. Steal a camera if you must, but stop whining and get back to work.”

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WEEK 10 - BIGGER THAN YOU

Liz begins her section in BIG MAGIC on permission with a very powerful yet simple statement:

You do not need anybody’s permission to live a creative life.

You don’t. Only your own.

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Week 8 Trash Talk

Liz outlines three ways we trash talk ourselves and our creative living: 1) Scarcity 2)  Self Hatred 3)  The Universe is Against us. STAY WITH ME!!! I know. I know. Breathe.

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WEEK 6 - Ideas

Ideas are driven by a single impulse: to be made manifest in our world through collaboration with a human partner. It is only through a human’s efforts that an idea can be escorted out of the ether and into the realm of the actual.

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Week 4 - Back on the Horse

I encourage you, and other artists to go after and believe in themselves and their dreams because that is a message I deeply need constant reminding and encouraging of myself. And the more time we spend in this business, the more rejections and hits we take, the more we need it.

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