1. On writing practice: Practice awakens that force in us. But not without being challenged, and we have to do it in spite of logic, the quirks in our mind, our heavy opposition. What practice builds in us is a true confidence that can’t be derived from outward signs of success—fame, money, beauty. This confidence comes from the fact that you show up over and over again. That you do what you say you are going to do. That you commit to a practice, one that is possible given your life and maybe with a few missed times, a few times you mess up, you stay in the driver’s seat.
2. Structure is so important. It’s how we learn to order our lives—and order our mind and our writing. If I have all day to write, often I never get to it, or finally only by four do I settle down. Rarely do I have a whole day, but if I look at my calendar I can block in writing time: Tuesday I’m free from five to six in the early evening. Write it down and for that hour, do it. You don’t argue if you see on your calendar a doctor’s appointment. You go.
3. Find out some short essays that will inspire you to write, and to write as a spiritual practice, as a part of life.