Any Story

28 November 2015

Any story about revenge is ultimately a story about forgiveness, redemption, or the futility of revenge.

Nick Wechsler

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Imagine that you are dying

27 November 2015

Imagine that you are dying. If you had a terminal disease would you finish this book? Why not? The thing that annoys this 10-weeks-to-live self is the thing that is wrong with the book. So change it. Stop arguing with yourself. Change it. See? Easy. And no one had to die.

Anne Enright


26 November 2015

Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.

Henry Van Dyke


25 November 2015

Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.

Neil Gaiman

There are three rules for writing a novel

24 November 2015

There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.

W. Somerset Maugham

If you have any young friends

23 November 2015

If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. The first greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they’re happy.

Dorothy Parker


22 November 2015

Creativity is a wild mind and a disciplined eye.

Dorothy Parker

Avoid lawsuits

19 November 2015

Avoid lawsuits beyond all things; they pervert your conscience, impair your health, and dissipate your property.

Jean de la Bruyere


18 November 2015

Anything that doesn’t take years of your life and drive you to suicide hardly seems worth doing.

– Cormac McCarthy and thanks to Jim for the tip.

Nothing in this world

17 November 2015

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

– Calvin Coolidge

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