Truths About Creativity: Anything Beats Nothing

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It’s the first day of November, and along with nearly half a million other crazy people, I will be writing a 50,000-word novel in the next thirty days. Welcome to NaNoWriMo. This month, I’ll be sharing quotes to cheer on my colleagues (and myself!) as we fly and slog our way through this creative marathon. With luck, the quotes I choose will apply to most any creative project. That’s certainly true for today’s.

The worst thing you write is better than the best thing you didn’t write. — Sol Saks

In other words, doing anything is better than doing nothing.

A shitty draft beats a blank sheet of paper. A wonky drawing is better than an untouched journal page. A sweater with overly long sleeves beats a ball of yarn.

So dive in. Give it try. Write your heart out and don’t worry about how bad it sounds or what other people think.

And if you’ve taken on the NaNoWriMo challenge: today is the day to listen to Nike.

Just do it.


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Kit Dunsmore

Kit Dunsmore has believed in the magic underlying the muggle world since she was a child searching for the Shetland pony pooka she was sure was hiding in her back yard. She learned early on that books were magic doors into other worlds, and that she could revisit a beloved character or place by opening the right book. As she grew, she decided she wanted to make magic with words, too. Today Kit writes about things she loves: poodles and dragons, witches and artists, quirky underdogs and loyal friends. Whether her setting is 6th-century England, the imaginary Twelve Kingdoms, or an art-obsessed version of modern America, magic always finds its way into her story. She enjoys turning fairy tales inside out and watching characters sacrifice everything to reach their goal, but she also believes in happy endings. When she isn't writing, Kit experiences magic by making things with her hands. Over the years, she's made quilts, fabric sculptures, collages, sweaters, and blank books. Her newest interest is learning how to spin her own yarn, a skill guaranteed to strengthen one of her many delusions: that she is a self-sufficient pioneer woman. She also thinks she is a hobbit, a witch, an artist, and a good cook. Living in the foothills of Colorado, Kit enjoys the giant skies and prairie landscapes which suit her need for wide open spaces. In addition to hiking through glorious scenery with her husband or imagining herself living in the Middle Ages, Kit works as a pillow for her miniature poodle and polishes the next small piece of her handmade life.

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