In terms of writing, the phrase pulling the pin characterizes the life of the amateur. The amateur gives up when the work gets hard. They pull the pin because it’s easier than doing the work.
The term ‘pulling the pin’ comes from the days of riding the rails. To uncouple one car from another, the train crew pulled a heavy steel pin out of the coupling mechanism. ~Steven Pressfield, Turning Pro
I’ve pulled the pin many times
I’ve pulled the pin a hundred times. At least a hundred times, possibly more. Even writing here on this site, I’ve pulled the pin when the work got hard.
I pulled it when my email list didn’t budge and when my Twitter feed refused to inch upward. I’ve pulled the pin when my ebook didn’t sell and when my subscriptions didn’t impress my readership. [Read more…]