I believe the most important single thing, beyond disciple and creativity, is daring to dare. – Maya Angelou
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be – Maya Angelou
People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel
What if you wake up some day, and you’re 65… and you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people-pleasing that you forgot to have a big juicy creative life?
Making books has always felt very connected to my bookselling experience, that of wanting to draw people’s attention to things that I liked, to shape things that I liked into new shapes.
Jonathan Lethem, via Austin Kleon’s “Show Your Work”
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
Finally I am coming to the conclusion that my highest ambition is to be what I already I am.
Thomas Merton, via The Happiness Project (http://gretchenrubin.com)
You must be willing to believe that writing can be taught….you must believe that you can absorb these lessons and put them into practice.
You will grow and change as a writer as long as you keep doing…and every stage is going to require more learning, more inspiration and new heroes.
Commit to learning about your craft for as long as you are doing it…