How You Live

Posted: January 7, 2015 in graffiti living
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Your only obligation in any lifetime is to be true to yourself. – Richard Bach

Live your life in a way that supports your writing. Look at everything in your life and assess it in simple terms – does it move you towards your goal, the vision you hold in your mind, or away from it.

Dorothea Brande says “A wholesome self-discipline takes many forms, from sleeping regular hours to working regularly to exercising regularly, and has a cumulative, strengthening effect. Since it comes from yourself, a healthy self-discipline is not contrary to your freedom or individuality.”

Look at everything – how you eat, sleep, think, every moment of your day. I’m not saying you have to eat your breakfast in a poetic manner, hand held to your head, crying into your cornflakes. But look at are you eating healthily, are you exercising, are you taking care of yourself? And remind yourself that you do this because you want to be a writer.

See everything you do in terms of your writing. The Japanese novelist and short story writer Haruki Murakami runs marathons and sees the process as being similar to writing a novel. He runs marathons so that he has the energy and stamina to write novels. You don’t have to run marathons, but it’s a brilliant example of living to write.


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