On inspiration | 995

My Author Journey, June 28, 2017

# 995 (countdown)

The day ended with a heavy thunderstorm.

Again I worked in my usual Starbucks store. Same place, same tall black freshly brewed coffee. Don’t need to place orders anymore. I’m a fixture there.

I like what W. Somerset Maugham once said about his writing process:

I write only when inspiration strikes. Fortunately it strikes every morning at nine o’clock sharp.

Which means each day you need to make it for this appointment at nine o’clock sharp (with your inspiration). Which means you need to show up to work every single day.

That’s my process too. And I love those appointments with my inspiration. But there is a catch. Inspiration will never show up until you start writing. Before it shows up, inspiration must know that you care enough to start writing.

Reading (on my scribd app). 40 minutes. In the Shadow of the American Dream: The Diaries of David Wojnarowicz.

Listening to audio. Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America by Firoozeh Dumas (on audible app; 30 min).

Videos on YouTube. One episode of Casey Neistat’s vlog. One episode of Gary Vaynerchuk’s DailyVee. Abigail Washburn’s 2012 Colorado College Commencement Address.

I liked that address by Abigail. There is a nugget in it and I will expand on it, but not today. I promised myself that I’ll keep those posts short.

Movies seen.

Finished A Plastic Ocean (on Netflix). I’m sorry for all those animals that end up swallowing plastic and then die. Wasn’t even aware of it. I also didn’t know you can make diesel fuel from plastic. (?) People are inventive! Sometimes they invent something (plastic) and then their invention becomes a huge problem, and they then need to invent a solution to the problem, which wouldn’t be their problem had they not been so inventive. That’s interesting!

Started Teddy Kollek (also on Netflix). The movie tells the story of Teddy Kollek, an Israeli politician and mayor of Jerusalem from 1965 to … 1993, and the Jewish Agency’s deputy head of intelligence (!). His life must have been a heck of an adventure! Shortly before WWII he managed to persuade Adolf Eichmann (who later was one of the major organizers of the Holocaust) to release 3000 thousand young Jews from concentration camps. Plus he is definitely among top 100 people in the world who spent the longest time in office.

Progress on my second book. The number of hours I spent on it: increased! Now I just need to stick to that schedule.

Didn’t play any music today for this writing session.