You are no longer 8 years old

Let’s let go of the notion that your next creative project must somehow shift the world’s axis. That idea is both grandiose and childish, the kind of pressure a second-grader puts on herself, cursive handwriting in a notebook decorated with a purple ice cream cone.

Expectation will paralyze you, pulling your focus to an imagined and impossible horizon. Keep your eyes and your pen on the paper in front of you. Make something true, not something flashy.