things that’ll kill you if you do them, generally, you should stop. smoking’ll kill you. so stop smoking. drinking, too. stop that shit right now. drugs are bad, m’kay, and so are people who do drugs because they claim to be your friends but they’ll steal your shit in a heartbeat to get more shit for their heads. what else kills you? fast food, lethargy, filth, driving on the wrong side of the road, or sans seatbelt, or bicycling sans helmet on the wrong side of the road, or walking up and down stairs with your shoelaces untied. eating too much salt. eating no salt. drinking too much water. drinking no water.
if it’ll kill you, stop. just stop.
and if writing is killing you, you should stop. you only get one life, and one body. you don’t need to be famous. if you are hurting yourself while you are writing, by staying up too late or getting up too early, or diminishing your relationships with your friends and loved ones, then you should stop. slow down. reconnect. if you’re hurting your health, stop.
if writing is killing you, slowly or fast, don’t let it. stop before it does.
it isn’t worth hurting yourself. you don’t increase the quality of the work by hurting yourself.
(he says to himself at 12:30 in the morning, because he is reminding himself that it is time to stop and go to bed, because i have work in the morning and i have to sleep and i should take my own advice, which i am taking right…