Fear is the Mind-Killer

Dune by Frank Herbert

I found my “2017 New Year Credo” hiding in an old science fiction novel. It startled me last week like a stray cat on my doorstep, and now I’ve decided to take it in and make it mine.

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”

-From the novel Dune by Frank Herbert

Every time I publish something into the universe, I score a victory in the creative arena. Fear is the six-armed ogre who obliterates me by freezing me into inaction.

If I say, “I’ll create tomorrow,” then I lose. If I say, “I’ll improve my skills before I publish,” then I lose. Choosing not to enter the contest is the most popular way to lose. But I know what I’m capable of. And I know that all of my scary excuses are really just white bedsheets with eye holes cut in ’em.

There’s only one way to win in the creative arena. It’s time-tested, it’s simple, and it’s solid as a cinder block: Call it good. Publish it. Move on to the next.


A Story is an Avalanche: Friday, April 24th

All writers are magicians, manipulators and liars.

There’s no such thing as a true story. Much more interesting than whether a story is true or not is what’s the theme, and what’s to be learned from it.

Our memories are the stories that we tell ourselves about the past. We tell them over and over until we believe them.

Human imagination is powerful and limitless. We are connected to the universe in myriad ways, 94% of which are still completely unknown.

A story is an avalanche that starts small and keeps growing till it ends. The chaos in the middle is the pretty part. A novel is a marathon; years of training are usually needed to finish either one. Everyone should write a memoir but not till the age of 71.

Writing and Reading are bad for your eyes, your spine, and your digestion. It’s much better to go for a walk with your friends in the park.