Posts by GaryHorton 4
“The hurrier I go, the behinder I get,” the White Rabbit tells us in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. It was true in 1865 and it’s true today in the information age.Something about the internet makes us impatient. It’s a curious phenomenon. Instant isn’t fast enough. Prior to the internet, building a business could take years, require employees and loans, cost a small fortune and might never break even. Now, thanks to the internet, anyone can build a bus
The truth is, nobody can focus on a task for very long. It's just the way we mortals are put together. Take running for example.Imagine, instead of writing, your job was to simply run.Would you sprint wide open until you fell to the ground exhausted? Would you jog at a leisurely pace? Would you run all day or stop whenever something caught your attention? If you're like most people, you'd probably quickly get distracted.And once you're distracted, the quality of your running will deteriorate. Yo
March 14, 2015
The trick to writing is to understand that your brain has two very different functions when it writes. One function is the creative function. The other function is the editing function, the critic. If you try to write a first draft with the critic, you won't get anywhere. Nothing is good enough for the critic when you're starting. So, you just have to ignore that part of our brain until you have an abundance of words on paper. It's important to brainstorm on paper, just get the ideas out of yo
March 02, 2015
I've collected inspiring quotes for years. As a struggling novelist my collection of quotes have often been the only thing that kept me going. For years I pinned these quotes to the wall above my desk. I called it my cheer leading wall. It's easy to think that obstacles are there to defeat us. That's what I believed for a long time. But, after reading Joseph Campbell's The Hero's Journey, I realized that obstacles are gatekeepers. They are testing us to be sure we're ready for the adventure ahe