But.. equal to his intelligence was his wit. Some of the best quotes are credited to Einstein... from "Imagination is more important than knowledge", to "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe."
But I think my favorite quote attributed to Albert Einstein (albeit unconfirmed) is his take on repetition. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.
So.. why the focus on Einstein you ask? (Or maybe you didn't ask, but I'm gonna tell you anyway)
Well... I've been in a little bit of a rut lately with my writing. You can see that from my posts of just over a week ago that I've been struggling with my writing. I'm in the process of still completing my first actual novel.. and it's daunting.
I think most of the problem is just the mental aspect.. keeping my focus, believing that I can actually complete it.. I've got it outlined pretty well, even have a cork-board (scrivener) of outlined Chapters.. so all that's left to do is actually write the thing, but every time I start I just lose it after a few days. I start second guessing what I write.. I go back and think, "I'll just fix this one part".. and end up deleting pretty much all of my progress in one swipe.
I know the first draft isn't supposed to be edited.. hell I've got the catch phrases up all over my office.. yet I still struggle to not edit what I write the next day. I don't even think it's a matter of real editing.. it's just a lack of confidence over what I write and in my ability to one day achieve this dream of publication.
My usual practice is to get up around 7:30 am, get through the day, and then try to write around 8pm until around 11pm or so. But lately it's get on my computer around 8-9, surf for a couple of hours, finish some work, and then go to bed around midnight -1am.
... SO.. with that huge info dump as a background, (pretty weak job of 'show don't tell' if you ask me), I decided to actually undertake to change what I do over and over, in hopes of achieving a different result.
So, after seeing that super-writer Morgan Shamy wrote her first book by getting up at 3am almost every morning to have quiet time away from young kids, and that she recommended it because of the magic of the early hours... I've been getting up at 4:30am to write. I work out for 20-30 minutes first, then I sit at my computer and actually write for the next 2 - 2 ½ hours.. and so far, it seems to be working.
Now.. for anyone who knows me.. getting up at 4:30 is just about unheard of. I'm a night owl all the way down to my DNA. It's not difficult for me to stay up until 3-4am. In fact I do it all the time. So, for me to suddenly switch things up.. it's been difficult. I literally fell asleep at my computer this afternoon around 2:30 or so for around 15 minutes. Just sitting here, hands on keyboard even.
But.. I'm tired of pretending to be a writer. That old quote of 'more than 80% of people say they want to write a book, but less than 1% actually do' wounds me every time I hear it. I don't want to be in the 79% who say but never do.. and I'm willing to lose some sleep to prove it to myself.