- Read with a pencil. Circle words and passages you like, and, please, feel free to argue with the authors and articulate your own thoughts in the margins.
- Build strength of character. Be honest, always, and stick to your principles no matter who is in the room.
- Get up and move every hour, get out and walk once a day, and get away from the city once a week.
- Allow the good days to be good days and you will find that the bad days grow fewer and farther between.
- Delete what distracts you and write the thing—the blog post, the essay, the poem, the outline—anything, just write.
- Stick to a bedtime and a routine. Turn off screens, write in your journal, and read. Take off the day so you can rest.
- Stop reacting before you think. Ask yourself, what you are arguing for? Not everything you are asked to sacrifice is an injustice.
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