if one of your New Year’s resolutions is to write a book, you might want to learn tips from several famous authors. John Steinbeck suggests working on one page at a time. Leo Tolstoy suggests picking a time that works best for your writing schedule.

However, Muriel Spark suggests getting a cat.┬áMuriel suggests that “the tranquillity of the cat will gradually come to affect you, sitting there at your desk, so that all the excitable qualities that impeded your concentration compose themselves and give your mind back the self-command it has lost. You need not watch the cat all the time. Its presence alone is enough. The effect of a cat on your concentration is remarkable, and very mysterious.”

So let your cat help you achieve your New Year’s resolution of writing a book. You can do it and now your cat can help you too.

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