“But writing has so much to give, so much to teach, so many surprises. That thing you had to force yourself to do – the actual act of writing – turns out to be the best part. It’s like discovering that while you thought you needed a tea ceremony for the caffeine, what you really needed was the tea ceremony.”
“What people somehow (inadvertently, I’m sure) forgot to mention when we were children was that we need to make messes in order to find out who we are and why we are here -and by extension, what we’re supposed to be writing [creating]”
Both of these quotes are from Bird by Bird, a book on writing and living by Anne Lamott. Metaphors, practical advice, and personally degrading jokes aplenty. Highly recommended.