Start now.

Start now. Start from where you are. Don’t wait for the muse, or the magical moment, or the light shining on the lake viewed from the perfect writing spot you’ve never looked for but just know it’s out there and when found (although you don’t look) will make everything fall into place and the words onto the page or screen. Start now. Don’t wait for a new book or computer or pen which will make the work effortless. The work is hard, always is, always has been, always will be, although there may be those few moments when  the components line up like the mechanism in a chiming clock and the words are precise and striking: a state of grace, to be savoured. But mainly work will be filled will struggle and frustration and disappointments where there is never enough time or quiet or space to formulate ideas, never mind actualise them. And despite the rejections and the occasional sense of failure, we must keep on, for this is what we were made to do – to write, to express, to create, to imagine, to communicate, to think, to explore, to elucidate, to embody. And never forget how fortunate we are to be doing what we do.

It’s New Year and that time for new beginnings or encouraging words. Here’s more from Debbie Millman:

I recommend the following course of action form those who are just beginning their careers or for those like me who may be midway through: heed the words of Robert Frost. Start with a big fat lump in your throat. Start with a profound sense of wrong, a deep homesickness, or a crazy love sickness and run with it. If you imagine less, less is what you undoubtedly deserve. Do what you love and don’t stop until you get what you love. Work as hard as you can, imagine immensities, don’t compromise, and don’t waste time. Start now. Not 20 years from now, not two weeks from now. Now.

Look Both Ways: Illustrated Essays on the Intersection of Life and Design. Debbie Millman. Quoted on

Happy new year and courage, energy and fortitude to all…..

13 responses to “Start now.

  1. Excellent! And beautifully timed, thank you Kaite. I’m doing my best to start at this moment, and encouragement like this is always welcome. Have a brilliant year in 2014, All the very best, Gus x

    • Wonderful! I’m so happy that this was useful – without comments, it’s often difficult to know whether a blog post is of use… I’d hate to depress or patronise any potential reader, but hope to share what often keeps me going on this long-haul we’ve chosen for ourselves.
      I’m delighted you’re well and writing and can’t wait to see what you create in 2014…. Work well, write well, smile, breathe, enjoy and my warmest wishes and good luck!

  2. THIS is just what I needed. I am new to wordpress, and am so glad I found your blog. Love and blessings in your New Year!

  3. Hi Kate

    We don’t know each other but I get ur blog. Thanks for sharing I really like it. You give voice to our collective journeys as artists with a healthy dose of common sense married with a sense of how influential our role can be in shaping our collective futures. Keep them coming please: its a great service. All the best. Happy new year!


    Sent from my iPhone

    • What a lovely message. Thank you so much, Jem, for taking the time to leave a (much appreciated) comment. Here’s to a productive and creative 2014 and all best wishes to you!

  4. Perfect nudge on a clear morning! Thank you x

  5. Kaite,
    As always such good advice. So needed that! Thank you. And Happy New Year!

  6. thanks Kaite for sending me a link to this. It resonated very much. Now for the writing…. x

  7. You’re bloomin fab Kaite! Thanks for that nudge.x

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