Natalie Goldberg on Stepping Out Your Own Way & How Writing Frees Us

“Simply step out of the way and record your thoughts as they roll through you. Writing Practice spends the heart and mind, helps to keep us flexible so that rigid distinctions between apples and milk, tigers and celery disappear. Every minute we change. It is a great opportunity. At any point, we can step out […]

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Joseph Conrad on Fiction, Art and the Power of the Written Word

Fiction — if it at all aspires to be art — appeals to temperament. And in truth it must be, like painting, like music, like all art, the appeal of one temperament to all the other innumerable temperaments whose subtle and resistless power endows passing events with their true meaning, and creates the moral, the […]

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Rainer Maria Rilke on Writing Being Your Purpose and Judging Art

Go into yourself. Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depths of your heart; confess to yourself whether you would have to die if you were forbidden to write. This most of all: ask yourself in the most silent hour of your night: […]

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Anne Lamott on Perfectionism, People-Pleasing and Shooting for the Moon

“…Oh my God, what if you wake up some day, and you’re 65, or 75, and you never got your memoir or novel written; or you didn’t go swimming in warm pools and oceans all those years because your thighs were jiggly and you had a nice big comfortable tummy; or you were just so […]

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Henry Miller’s 11 Tips to Writing Well

Writing Advice by Henry Miller These writing tips were originally written by Anaïs Nin’s not-so-secret lover in Henry Miller’s book, On Writing. 1. Work on one thing at a time until finished. 2. Start no more new books, add no more new material to “Black Spring.” 3. Don’t be nervous. Work calmly, joyously, recklessly on whatever is in […]

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Neil Gaiman’s 8 Finest Writing Tips

“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art ― write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, […]

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Elizabeth Gilbert on Finding Your Elusive Creative Genius

In this talk ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ author, Elizabeth Gilbert, contemplates the impossible things that are expected from artists, authors and geniuses — she shares the interesting idea that, instead of the rare person being a genius, all of us have a genius. It’s amusing, inspiring, insightful, personal and moving talk. “Gilbert is irreverent, hilarious, zestful, courageous, intelligent, and […]

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