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A Life Lived Well

Welcome. This blog is a representation of everything I find wonderful and inspiring in life. Thank you, and I hope you enjoy it.

posts tagged "advice"

the thing you are most
afraid to write.

write that.

Nayyirah Waheed  (via modernhepburn)

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Life’s barely long enough to get good at one thing. Just be careful what you get good at.

Rust Cohl (True Detective)

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I wrote with a combination of exuberance and panic. As I scrawled the scenes on yellow legal pads, I promised myself I would never show the manuscript to anyone. That self-deception was the only way I could continue. It’s a stratagem I still recommend to young writers. Knock that critical parent off your shoulder! Write for your own eyes only. If you think about the public, any public you’re likely to be blocked.

Erica Jong, in Fear of Flying's 2002 Afterword.  (via ablogwithaview)

Best advice on writing I’ve ever received. Finish.

Peter Mayle  (via ablogwithaview)

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If you are looking to get into a creative career:
Do exactly what you want to do and give it away for free. Over and over again. Do not wait for someone to give you permission to create what you want to create. Greenlight yourself and get to work.

You are still young, free.. Do yourself a favor. Before it’s too late, without thinking too much about it first, pack a pillow and a blanket and see as much of the world as you can. You will not regret it. One day it will be too late.

Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake (via awelltraveledwoman)

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Write to exhaustion so that you can no longer manage to avoid writing the truth.

Elissa Schappell (via mttbll)

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As long as we have what we have inside; the capacity to love, to work, to hear music, to see a flower, to look at the world as it is, nothing can stop us from being happy…but one thing you must take seriously. You must get rid of the ifs of life. Many people tell you, ‘I would be happy—if I had a certain job, or if I were better looking, or if a certain person would marry me.’ There isn’t any such thing. You must live your life unconditionally, without the ifs.

Arthur Rubinstein