image from Hyperbole & a Half
On Grub Street, Lisa Borders says writing advice is like dieting advice: it sounds easy.
"It sounds so easy! Just have that discipline, get up a couple of hours before you need to deal with the rest of your day, and write. This is the kind of advice often given to writers: early morning writing hours, daily word or page counts, stringent deadlines. It reminds me of nothing so much as the myriad diets I’ve been on over the years: the enforced exercise, obsessive point or calorie counting, weekly weight goals.
"We all know what happens with most diets: we fail at them. And as we fail, we feel even worse about ourselves than we did when we began.
"As with diets, I think this strict writing advice many of us take as gospel can lead to a similar negative feedback loop...."
- Lisa Borders, "A personalized approach to productivity"