… the best thing you could read today was very unlikely to have been published in the last 48 hours. But most of the internet treats anything that isn’t new like bad fruit. This is a huge detriment to readers and writers alike. It encourages people to spend their time on the novel in lieu of the worthwhile, and it discourages creators from investing in things of lasting value.
Shannon: I think it’s really important that writers quit having this visual idea in their head of what success looks like. I have this one path, and I’m going to write this one book and it’s going to be successful, then I’m going to get this award, et cetera. So many people who are writing, they’re burned out because something failed. I’m pretty sure that everyone who’s mega successful has had a lot of failures.
…d for your darkness. That was, with rare exception, my default programming from that point forward: Smile and people will feel good. Sit stone-faced and they’ll inquire. Joke and folks will dig you. Express your tumult and folks will joke about you, if they even notice you at all.
be used to master our craft — bringing us to…er than we think. Time and energy are our two biggest resources, but we constantly undervalue them. The time we invest into being good at one thing could be used to master our craft — bringing us to great.