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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?


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