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Mark Pilgrim, On *Really* Writing
Merlin Mann | Feb 1 2010
As I said in that interview with Seth Godin, most people are taken way aback when they unknowingly receive the advice they really need — rather than the advice that's just fun to listen to. Well, guess what, Fiddly McMaybewriter? Mark's your new coach, so get ready to run some bleachers.
I don't always agree with Mark (oh, brother, don't I), but I've always really admired his candor and fearlessness in speaking his mind about the stuff that really matters to him. In this instance, I double admire him for publicly challenging the crap myths of creativity pr0n that create way more fake barriers than books.
Like Mark said, the art here is to combine a thick skin with open ears and a great filter. Because, the real growth opportunities come from getting outside your own head and hearing what people really think of your work:
Heh — edlin.
Also, do be sure to read Mark's whole UseThis interview (one of which Waferbaby and I are working on for me, as well). It's a great insight into how arriving at a streamlined, bullshit-free setup could make one guy hope to use precisely the same setup for the next 20 years. Super-interesting.
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