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1. Don’t think that being published will make you happy. It will for four weeks, if you are lucky. Then it’s the same old fucking shit.
2. Hemingway was fucking wrong. You shouldn’t write drunk. (See my third novel for details.)
3. Hemingway was also right. ‘The first draft of everything is shit.’
4. Never ask a publisher or agent what they are looking for. The best ones, if they are honest, don’t have a fucking clue, because the best books are the ones that seemingly come from nowhere.
5. In five years time the semi-colon is going to be nothing more than a fucking wink.
6. In five years time every fucking person on Twitter will be a writer.
7. Ignore the fucking snobs. Write that space zombie sex opera. Just give it some fucking soul.
8. If it’s not worth fucking reading, it’s not worth fucking writing. If it doesn’t make people laugh or cry or blow their fucking minds then why bother?
9. Don’t be the next Stephen King or the next Zadie Smith or the next Neil Gaiman or the next Jonathan Safran fucking Foer. Be the next fucking you.
10. Stories are fucking easy. PLOT OF EVERY BOOK EVER: Someone is looking for something. COMMERCIAL VERSION: They find it. LITERARY VERSION: They don’t find it. (That’s fucking it.)
11. No-one knows anything. Especially fucking me. Except:
12. Don’t kill off the fucking dog.
13. Oh, yeah, and lastly: write whatever you fucking want.
Q:Okay, so I have googled. Does spoons only relate to lupus or other chronic diseases too? Like, IBS, MS or even things like depression/anxiety?
other diseases and physical disabilities, too, as well as mental illnesses that render people less capable of accomplishing what most people consider daily tasks
it is not okay to use spoons if you are describing regular tiredness, exhaustion, feeling lazy, etc — that is extremely insensitive and minimizes what people who struggle with spoons deal with daily
if you use spoons to describe how you feel and your capabilities, be thoughtful and consider whether it’s genuine to your experience or appropriative of another person’s struggle
YES THIS. This is something I’ve felt for a while but not worked out how to express.
If I say I’m low on spoons, that means my CFS is playing up. If I say I’m tired, that’s means it’s the end of the day, or I’ve done some exercise, or I didn’t get enough sleep last night. And while all of those things can contribute to bad CFS days, they aren’t the same thing.
These days there is a very obvious difference between fatigue and tiredness for me. For example, right now I’m tired. I could totally go a nap. If I needed to be more alert I could have some caffeine. Actually, it’s dinner time so probably grabbing some food will help.
Fatigue is a deep and penetrating ache in my muscles, that neither painkillers nor caffeine nor food have any affect on. Plus a crippling lack of energy. Sometimes the ache is limited to my limbs, sometimes it’s my whole body. Often I wake up with it and it stays all day. It makes me want to stretch, but that only relieves the ache a bit while I’m stretching, and the second I stop the ache is back. And if I do more exercise than my body can cope with, I can have this ache and energy-less-ness for a week afterwards. Same if I exercise whilst already fatigued. (And don’t get me started on the definition of ‘exercise’. Standing in the kitchen to make food? That’s exercise. Standing in the shower? That’s exercise too. Getting up out of bed at all? Yeah, you get the idea.)
Whoops. Didn’t mean to get so ranty.
What was my point? Oh yeah. Low spoons ≠ tired. Different things.
I’ve heard countless people say “I wish I could draw!”, to which I always say “You can!”
Anyone can be an artist, a writer, a musician or whatever it is you put your mind to. It doesn’t matter how old you are or how good you currently are at that thing. The only thing that matters is how much you want it. I REALLY wanted to be an artist, like, really bad. I would also love to learn an instrument, and I know I could, but I just haven’t given it the attention it requires.
If you want to accomplish something, go out and do it. The only thing holding you back is yourself. Set a high goal and don’t stop until you get there!