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Jack Kerouac’s List of 30 Beliefs and Techniques for Prose and Life

  1. Scribbled secret notebooks, and wild typewritten pages, for yr own joy
  2. Submissive to everything, open, listening
  3. Try never get drunk outside yr own house
  4. Be in love with yr life
  5. Something that you feel will find its own form
  6. Be crazy dumbsaint of the mind
  7. Blow as deep as you want to blow
  8. Write what you want bottomless from bottom of the mind
  9. The unspeakable visions of the individual
  10. No time for poetry but exactly what is
  11. Visionary tics shivering in the chest
  12. In tranced fixation dreaming upon object before you
  13. Remove literary, grammatical and syntactical inhibition
  14. Like Proust be an old teahead of time
  15. Telling the true story of the world in interior monolog
  16. The jewel center of interest is the eye within the eye
  17. Write in recollection and amazement for yourself
  18. Work from pithy middle eye out, swimming in language sea
  19. Accept loss forever
  20. Believe in the holy contour of life
  21. Struggle to sketch the flow that already exists intact in mind
  22. Dont think of words when you stop but to see picture better
  23. Keep track of every day the date emblazoned in yr morning
  24. No fear or shame in the dignity of yr experience, language & knowledge
  25. Write for the world to read and see yr exact pictures of it
  26. Bookmovie is the movie in words, the visual American form
  27. In praise of Character in the Bleak inhuman Loneliness
  28. Composing wild, undisciplined, pure, coming in from under, crazier the better
  29. You’re a Genius all the time
  30. Writer-Director of Earthly movies Sponsored & Angeled in Heaven

Putting yourself out there can be terrifying. Like starting this blog, for instance, it makes my heart beat 10 times faster than usual! What if people find what I write boring? Or stupid? ? Or naive? Or pretentious? What if it turns out I’m not good at what I’m doing. What if I make a fool of myself? What if I fail?

I’m tired of being afraid.

Fear has been keeping me from saying what I want to say and doing what I want to do for too long now. I’m ready to fight it! So I’m going to keep writing, even if I’m overwhelmed by insecurity, anxiety or doubt. And what is the worst thing that could possibly happen? I might stumble. I might fall. But if I do, I will just get up and keep going. Life is too short to spend precious time worrying about everything that could go wrong.

I find it helpful to remind myself that overcoming fear is something that everybody is struggling with. Here are some inspiring quotes from brilliant people who definitely did some work in this field:

Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain (Mark Twain)

Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free (Jim Morrison)

I believe that anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do, provided he keeps doing them until he gets a record of successful experience behind him (Eleanor Roosevelt)

Life shrinks and expands in proportion to one’s courage (Anaïs Nin)

Work only starts when the fear of doing nothing finally exceeds the fear of doing something badly (Alain de Botton)

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit (Aristoteles)

For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them (Hannah Arendt)

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover (Mark Twain)

The secret of happyness is freedom. The secret of freedom is courage (Thucydides)