Quotes for Your Contemplation

Quotes for Your Contemplation E.O. Wilson, often referred to as one of today’s greatest living scientists, has a wonderful TED talk, Advice to Young Scientists, which is a taste of his forthcoming book, Letters to a Young Scientist. I love listening to smart people across many different disciplines sharing their wisdom! While this short (14-minute) piece is specifically science-related, it’s incredibly inspiring and can be applied across many aspects of life (as is the case with so many TED talks). I’m going to take these three quotes out of context so that you can ponder them through your own filters and apply them to your own life… and of course, respond in the comments! “Ideas emerge when a part of the real or imagined world is studied for its own sake.” “Observe from a distance, but...

Great Reviews or Great Money?

Great Reviews or Great Money? We all know that the books receiving critical acclaim aren’t always the same books that are selling millions of copies. The books that win literary prizes aren’t always logging big numbers at the cash register. So tell me: If you had a choice, which of the following would you rather be? (1) An author publishing steadily to positive reviews and strong critical acclaim, but selling low numbers of books and therefore unable to support yourself with your writing… or (2) An author publishing frequently (whether self-pub or traditional) to mixed reviews and sometimes even being called unflattering names like “hack” yet making an extremely comfortable living and never having to take on other work. To simplify: Great reviews, critical acclaim and awards… or...

What Makes the Writing Life Hard?

What Makes the Writing Life Hard? What’s the most difficult thing about being a writer? Leave your answer in the comments so we can all commiserate together. (I like hearing how things are for those on the other side of the desk—hopefully it helps me take better care of my clients!) Have a good...

What’s on Your Sticky Note?

What’s on Your Sticky Note? We all have our daily challenges, and I think most of us have certain things we struggle with over and over. My biggest day-to-day difficulty is the sheer number of things that need to get done. Sometimes the to-do list is so long, I get paralyzed. So I have a sticky note right by my computer. It says: One thing at at time. First things first. Start now. Over the years, I’ve had various sayings that have motivated me or helped me stay on task, but this is the one that works right now. So what’s on your sticky note? What’s the one saying that helps you get through your days?

Writing and Rewriting

Writing and Rewriting “More than half, maybe as much as two-thirds of my life as a writer is rewriting. I wouldn’t say I have a talent that’s special. It strikes me that I have an unusual kind of stamina.”                                                 ~John Irving   How much do you enjoy the revision process? How much effort do you put into revising? Percentage-wise, how much of your life as a writer is...

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