Make Do

Some days it’s intimidating to jump into the arms race of performance. On those days, the reality of competitive talent out there can cause one to second guess their own or, even worse, stop writing. In the last few months, I have been working with some of John Cleese’s creativity practices.  (More on that later.)  And yesterday, I came across some insight from him – an antidote for those days.

I asked a psychiatrist named Robin Skynner, with whom I wrote a couple of books, how many people in his profession he thought really knew what they were doing. He said about 10 percent…That explained so much.

John Cleese

I had heard different forms of this advice so many times throughout the years, but this is the one that made me nod. This would have made my career in Corporate America a little, no, a lot, easier. Oh the difference between information and wisdom.

So my challenge to you today, no matter how you feel about writing today, is to make do.

make do manage with or with what is available, esp. as an inferior or temporary substitute;

– Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, Fifth Edition

Waiting for the ideal circumstances is an excuse.  No matter what the social media feeds say, all of us are writing and creating in an inferior situation and it’s up to us to create despite this ambiguity. Sometimes we crash and burn, but, everyone wings it sometimes.


This is Day 11 of 20 of BlogHer’s NaNoBloPo Challenge for February 2015.  This month’s challenge is “Make,” check out all of my posts here.

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