“You try to sit down at approximately the same time every day. This is how you train your unconscious to kick in for you creatively. . . . You turn on your computer and bring up the right file . . . . You begin rocking, just a little at first . . . . You look at the ceiling, and over at the clock, yawn, and stare at the paper again. . . . and you try to quiet your mind so you can hear what [you need to write] above the other voices in your mind. The other voices are banshees and drunken monkeys. They are the voices of anxiety, judgment, doom, guilt. Also, severe hypochondria. . . . Yet somehow in the face of all this, you clear a space for the writing voice, hacking away at the others with machetes, and you begin to compose sentences.”
Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird (NY: Doubleday, 1995), 6-7.