The Pleasures of Not Writing

Leo Tolstoy:

I must write each day without fail, not so much for the success of the work, as in order not to get out of my routine.

John Updike:

I have never believed that one should wait until one is inspired because I think the pleasures of not writing are so great that if you ever start indulging them you will never write again.

From Daily Rituals, 169, 196.

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  • NateW

    As a photographer I find this to be profound as well. I have seen others embark on 1 portrait per day for a year (of entirely unique subjects). Might be something to try during the upcoming (relatively) idle months after after December.