That’s the factory whistle. The shift is over.


The best thing you and I can do at the end of the writing day is to stash our work gloves in our locker, hang our leather apron on a hook, and head for the workshop door. If we’ve truly put in our hours today, we know it. We have done enough. It won’t help to keep at it like a dog worrying a bone.

I forgot who said this (I think it was John Steinbeck in Journal of a Novel):

Let the well fill up again overnight.

~ Stephen Pressfield, The Office Is Closed

Credits: Quote – Stephen Pressfield, The Office is Closed. Photograph – ufukorada



  1. and do it all over again tomorrow –

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  2. A feeling of contentment… that’s why they say your work is who you are. And I love the picture.

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  3. A simple thing we fail to understand. The most lucid way to put it – Great David 🙂

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  4. My grandmother used to call it “the pause that refreshes.” I end most days with a game of ball with my dogs in the backyard. Reminds me how fortunate I am to be my own boss, set my own hours, and commute in a matter of steps. When I spend the day writing and the piece turns out well, I’m suffused with a feeling of calm. 🙂

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  5. something we should remember

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  6. I think the trick here is “if we’ve truly put in our hours today.”

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  7. Sometimes it takes longer than overnight.

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  8. Yet another benefit of a good night’s sleep.

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