On second chances

We are not done at twenty, thirty, forty or fifty; we have not ruined our chances by not writing for a decade; we have not precluded the possibility of a second act by making even the worst mistake. Alcoholics get sober, cowardly lions find their courage, and with each new dawn, every writer gets a […]

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What the world asks of you is courage

Write everyday. Line by line. Page by page. Hour by hour. Do this despite fear. For above all else, beyond imagination and skill, what the world asks of you is courage. Courage to risk rejection, ridicule and failure. As you follow the quest for stories told with meaning and beauty, study thoughtfully, but write boldly. […]

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Someone, somewhere, right now, needs to read your words

Someone, somewhere, right now needs to read your words, your gift. Someone, somewhere, right now needs to know that even if the words come out all wrong, they came out anyway. They need to know that someone transcended their own insecurities, excuses and reluctance. Someone, somewhere, right now needs to know that because you write […]

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Patience in the gap

Ira Glass, the critically acclaimed radio host of “This American Life,” offers encouragement for anyone starting out in a creative field who finds that the work they’re currently producing doesn’t match up to their tastes and ambitions. His advice: Don’t quit. Keep steadily producing a volume of work and you will eventually close that gap.

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Doing something creative is one of the most amazing experiences ever

The pain of making the necessary sacrifices always hurts more than you think it’s going to. I know. It sucks. That being said, doing something seriously creative is one of the most amazing experiences one can have, in this or any other lifetime. If you can pull it off, it’s worth it. Even if you […]

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Anne Lamott’s encouragement to writers

This Anne Lamott quote isn’t from any of her books, but came from a post on Twitter some summers ago. Lamott also wrote a beautifully encouraging Facebook post that expounded on this very idea. An excerpt: “If you always dreamed of writing a novel or a memoir, and you used to love to write, and […]

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