Thanks to Connie Hale for sending this along: Paul Theroux, early in his career, was plagued by writers block and solicited advice from an older, established novelist. That mentor wrote:

“The essence of the freelance life is freedom. Idleness is part of freedom and should not alarm you: you will find soon enough that you have more than enough on your plate. Relish these periods of rest. To be a freelance it is also necessary to believe, to know, to know profoundly that one is going to be all right-however unlikely it seems at any particular distressing moment. This faith your friends cannot give you; it is something you will have to discover for yourself.”


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