There are six post-it notes, stuck to my desk, right above where my keyboard is, the keyboard that I move to the side when I put down my notebook and write my initial drafts. On each of the post-it notes is a quote, a phrase that helps me remember why I am doing what I'm doing, that inspires me to write, that gets me through the times when the words won't come, or when the only ones that do are rubbish.
On of them is from a dear friend, and those words, as much as I love you all, are just for me. But here are the rest:
"The dark thought, the shame, the malice/ meet them at the door laughing and invite them in." - Rumi
"We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us." - E. M. Forster
"I have to finish it in order to know whether it deserves to survive." - Leonard Cohen
"Aim high and don't cower." - Jennifer Egan
"Hold tight, and pretend it's a plan." - Steven Moffat, Doctor Who