1. If you don’t do the preparation in the beginning, you’ll be doing a lot of cleaning up at the end. You can paint without dropcloths and taping, but you’ll be touching up and scrubbing the floor for days at the end of the project when you’re exhausted.
2. There is no substitute for the right tools. Painting with the wrong brush or paint will make you crazy and you won’t be happy with the outcome. Writing without the right tools can make you equally cranky.
3. You learn by doing. The first room I painted wasn’t my best, nor was the first book. The more rooms I painted, the better I got. You pick up little tricks of the trade and things that make the process go smoother. Every room you paint, or book you write, makes you that much better.