Stella Leventoyannis Harvey

Many things which cannot be overcome when they are together yield themselves up when taken little by little.” Plutarch

This week, I finished another section of my new novel. It’s not really a novel yet, but I’m working on it. Every word, every sentence, every chapter, and then every section is a triumph. It keeps me motivated even though I have no idea where I’m going.

I was reminded of what it means to be an artist according to Georgia O'Keeffe ( in an article sent to me by one of my students. Yes, Ms. O’Keeffe was a visual artist and I’m a writer, but the four lessons she lived by—observe the world around you, closely, hungrily, organization is key to productivity, don’t sweat mistakes, learn from them, and pay no attention to trends, be yourself—apply to all artistic pursuits.

Happy writing!

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