Maya Angelou rented hotel rooms to write (even though she owned a house) and drank a cup of sherry (even at 6:15 in the morning).
Music for Writers
It’s an incremental, iterative journey. You don’t magically arrive. Ever. You just strive to get closer.
“Don’t lament so much about how your career is going to turn out. You don’t have a career. You have a life. Do the work. Keep the faith. Be true blue. You are a writer because you write. Keep writing and quit your bitching. Your book has a birthday. You don’t know what it is yet.”
Most people do not want to be professional writers. They like the idea of being able to “do what they love,” and then when they have to write 5 articles a day on top of manuscripts and other projects, they suddenly don’t love it so much anymore.
Our lives are struggles, to bear witness, to speak out, to stand for something which we believe is worth standing for.
Kiss you childhood goodbye because AIM is officially on death row and there’s nothing you can do about it.
The girl can sing, play guitar, and master the piano. However first and foremost to me, she was a writer. She was a storyteller.
It makes you feel better and you feel good sharing your thoughts. If it is making you feel more upset or making you think about the person more, then do not cause yourself the extra pain.
It’s okay to be imperfect. It’s okay to be messy. It’s okay to flit back and forth with ideas and perspectives. It’s okay to not just be black and white.
Those two pieces of advice have shaped my career as a writer and a producer of books for other people.