Work periods don’t have to be creative timelong to be effective. Whatever you’re creating, there is always time in every day to advance it along its way.

“One thing I learned real early in my career,” says author John Nichols, “is that if you wait for the perfect mood, or the perfect place, or the perfect situation for writing,  you’ll never write a word. If you’re going to be a writer, you have to learn to write no matter what.

“On the backs of napkins and restaurants. In bars and cafes. In your car by travelling 65 mph down the highway, if needs be.

“And you have to write if you’re miserable. If you’re uninspired. If you’re sick. if you’re totally depressed. If you’re in the middle of a divorce.

“It doesn’t matter what, ’cause there is never a perfect time for writing. Even the concept is absurd.”

What’s true of writing is true for all creative practice.  Do it now, not never.

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