Check out Matt Haig’s 30 Things That Every Writer Should Know. My favorite:
“You have to be good. And keep getting better. For every writer taken on, another is dropped. A paradox: you have to rise to stay level.”
What would you add to this list?
“Every day we slaughter our finest impulses. That is why we get a heartache when we read those lines written by the hand of a master and recognize them as our own, as the tender shoots which we stifled because we lacked the faith to believe in our own powers, our own criterion of truth and beauty. Every man, when he gets quiet, when he becomes desperately honest with himself, is capable of uttering profound truths. We all derive from the same source. there is no mystery about the origin of things. We are all part of creation, all kings, all poets, all musicians; we have only to open up, only to discover what is already there.”
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