One of the definitions of insanity is:
“Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome”.
So by going on this definition alone, I am technically insane.
So what things am I doing over and over again without changing how I do it?
Well lot’s of things to be honest but specifically it is my writing. As many of my readers know, I have been ‘writing’ a book for a while now. Click here for chapter one for anyone who would like to read it.
The issue is that I think daily about this book and that I should be writing it, and daily I don’t. What is stopping me mainly from writing each day? TV. I watch far too much TV, but I really love TV and don’t want to watch less. The quality of shows now-a-days is so good and we are spoilt for choice. Plus it is many of these shows that inspire me to write! What a vicious cycle it is.
Why do I want to write this book? For a few reasons.
1. The main reason is to finish it and have written a novel. Not many people can say they have done that. For me that would be quite an achievement.
2. Can I be good enough to sell books and therefore derive a main source of income from it?
3. I enjoy it.
I heard recently Jay Mohr’s agent, Barry Katz ask if you had $40,000,000 in the bank, what work would you do, not for the money but for the enjoyment of doing it? For me it would be photography and writing. I love both. The writing I want to do is creative writing like novels and screenplays and perhaps musical theatre (I have a great idea for a musical).
To help me keep on track, I’ve advertised for a writing partner. Think Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. They wrote Good Will Hunting and look at them now. I’m not saying I have as much talent as them, but I’ll never know if I don’t try.
So time to stop being insane. Watch a little less TV and see if I can write a little bit every day and finish this thing to see if I am any good at it.
Are you insane too? What thing do you do over and over again expecting a different result?