I believe the most important single thing, beyond disciple and creativity, is daring to dare. – Maya Angelou
If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be – Maya Angelou
1. Abandon the idea that you are ever going to finish.
6 tips on writing from John Steinbeck, born on February 27, 1902 – a fine addition to our ongoing archive of writing advice. (via referenceforwriters)
Steinbeck’s excellent advice (and un-advice) for writers
For me, the process of finding one’s voice was many, many years of suppressing it, because I was kind of ashamed of it…a switch threw in my mind and I thought you’re such an idiot: all this time you’ve been trying to make energy on the page but keeping all your natural instincts on the side…
George Saunders, Authors On Tour, Live from The Tattered Cover
Every now and then I search for signs of her writing on the Internet, but I don’t think she’s ever published anything. Breaks my heart because she was amazing….
Twenty years since the workshop and what I’m left with now is not bitterness or anger but an abiding sense of loss. Lost time, lost opportunities, lost people.
Junot Diaz, http://m.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2014/04/mfa-vs-poc.html