As a career writer and aspiring fiction author, I really enjoy the writing advice that successful authors offer at conferences. It’s equal parts discouraging reality (12 years to publish??) and encouraging normality (they’re real humans like me!).
I don’t want to recreate all of the keynotes/panels, but I jotted down a few interesting points.
It takes years for the ideas to come together. Several authors have mentioned this concept–basically, the idea for a story starts many, many years before they’re finally able to write it. In some ways, that gives me hope, but Continue reading
[Since I haven’t done this in awhile, a quick explanation. I collect quotes from a variety of places, but don’t have a good way of sharing or processing them. This series is my way of sharing what inspires and challenges me with others.]
It’s easy to pretend that the dominant narrative is insightful, based in reality and in sync with what we wish it was. Denying it doesn’t make it go away, though.
We can’t easily change the dominant narrative that people have about us, we certainly can’t do it by insisting that our customers or colleagues bring more nuance to the table.
Instead, we can do it through action. Vivid, memorable interactions are what people remember. Surprises and vivid action matter far more than we imagine, and we regularly underinvest in them.
Many are inspired by your dreams.
Few care about your problems.
Honestly, this is a super depressing quote to me. And I’m not sure I agree with it. In some ways, it’s certainly true–people don’t like negativity. But does it mean we can only talk about our dreams? I’m not sure.
Primarily because I think it’s scary to think This Is It. This is what I got. Changing the numbers on my bank account or the size of TV or the make of the car in the garage or the zip code isn’t going to complete me. I have to figure that out on my own. —DHH
The guy who wrote this is talking about becoming a millionaire and how little it actually changes life [article linked on his name]. I’m guilty of chasing experiences, accomplishments, and accolades for fulfillment. This is a reminder that I need daily.
I can’t explain why I like this poem so much. It’s whimsical and intimate and it makes me happy. Enjoy!
This Is Just To Say
I have eaten
that were in
you were probably
they were delicious
and so cold
-William Carlos Williams
For a rainy, anxious Friday:
Sometimes melancholy leaves me breathless…
-Mary Oliver, from “Sometimes”
Satisfied needs do not motivate.
How do you stay motivated?