The Really Good Stuff

Catch everything out of the air into the net of your mind. Place every word in the correct order, arrange the dots and stripes of your perfect sentiment. Write all the beautiful phrases. Polish them, gaze at them in wonder. Congratulate yourself on your amazing powers of creation.

Know there is nothing wasted. Marvel at the sureness of your footing.

When you’re sure you’ve never written anything more perfect, trash it. Get rid of it. Make it leave. Don’t tell it goodbye, don’t linger in the doorway after you send it all away.

Then grab your net and start gathering more. Repeat the process until you’re sure there’s nothing left.

That’s when the really good stuff will come.