Be Boring

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steal artistBe Boring.

Not in your writing, but in your life.

Be Boring.

Be Boring is Rule Number 9 out of 10 in Steal Like An Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You about Being Creative by Austin Kleon. And when I read this rule, I sighed with relief, because my day-to-day life is a snore – to everybody but me.

I’ve been writing a novel for going on three years, and the end is in sight. But the way I’ve arrived at this juncture is by living a very quiet, ordinary, life. . As Kleon explains, “It’s the only way to get the work done.”

He quotes Gustave Flaubert, author of Madame Bovary:

Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.

This is not, of course, how Hemingway and Fitzgerald worked, but their biographies compete with their work…

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