Yep, that’s right. The great Mongol leader knew what he was talking about when it came to pretty much everything, and here’s some wisdom he shared that can help you get on track with your writing.
If you’re afraid – don’t do it, – if you’re doing it – don’t be afraid!
This is a great tip for any writer, and one of the hardest lessons to master. When approaching your work, it’s natural to feel fear – that you won’t be good enough, fear of the blank page, fear of failure – or even fear of success. But Khan knew – if you’re doing it – don’t be afraid! Learn to master your fear and work through it.
There is no good in anything until it is finished.
This may be one of the hardest screenwriting lessons there is, but it’s definitely true – you’ve gotta get that script on the page before it can be sold. An unfinished script won’t get you that job.
If one must drink, then let one drink thrice a month, for more is bad. If one gets drunk twice a month, it is better; if one gets drunk once a month, that is better still; and if one doesn’t drink at all, that is the best of all.
Ok, writer friends – we all know a good drink can get us through a tough day. But reading between the lines, Khan makes a good point about distraction. It’s easy to get distracted, especially in the midst of writing. Dishes need to be washed, laundry done, food made, Google searched – and, oh, look, a whole day has passed, without a word written! We’ve all had those days, but here we can be reminded to limit them to a few a month, and get through our work with more diligence.
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