Book Quote (12/25/12)

Chapter 5 of Stephen Altrogge’s Create: Stop Making Excuses and Start Making Stuff is called “Slow and Steady,” and it contains a number of good nuggets of advice.

One of Altrogge’s main points in this chapter is that those who want to create can and should take advantage of small windows of time and count on the accumulation of those 10- or 15-minute bursts of work to be blessed by God.

I can’t take three months to travel around the world and then write a book about it. But I do have twenty minutes here and there. I can take twenty minutes during the day to scratch out a few thoughts for a book or write down a few song lyrics. And what I’ve discovered is that after a while those twenty minute bursts grow into something substantial. (Kindle location 356/724)

In Proverbs 12:27 it says, “Whoever is slothful will not roast his game, but the diligent man will get precious wealth.” This verse contains the secret to creativity. Diligent, consistent, faithful work will secure creative wealth. (Kindle location 370/724)

Our culture loves the idea of an inspired artist going into a two-day creative frenzy and emerging with a masterpiece. That’s a bunch of crap. Most creative works are the result of faithful effort, not massive creative outbursts. The folks who produce the most creative output are the ones who plod along faithfully, day after day, putting down a few words here and a few scribblings there. Maybe they have a flash of inspiration every once in while, but it’s rare. (Kindle location 403/724)

You don’t have to know exactly how you’re going to finish the project, if you’re willing to give it fifteen minutes a day you will finish the project. (Kindle location 418/724)

There are also two great quotes in this chapter by others.

A journey of a thousand miles is begun with a step. Beware of despising small beginnings. Some men never arrive at usefulness because they are not satisfied to begin in a small way, and proceed by a step at a time. — Charles Spurgeon

Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way. — E.L. Doctorow

I don’t know how regular this feature will be, but I thought I’d share some quotes from the books I’m reading. I present these with the understanding that I do not necessarily endorse all of an author’s positions in this particular book or in his/her writing in general. These are quotes which I found interesting, provocative, well-written, or worthy of sharing in some other way.


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