“To write is to define humanity, to misquote is to redefine our lack thereof.”

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

—Maya Angelo

It’s like trying to get blood out a stone.

You can’t nurse open wounds while fortifying someone else’s kingdom of shielded views. Trust in your own vision and liberate what can only be seen from the inside.

“I don’t care if a reader hates one of my stories, just as long as he finishes the book.”

—Roald Dahl

Doing your best means never stop trying.

You must be doing something right if you’re not the only one who still gives yourself a chance as a writer. Even cynics see potential through their cynicism. Positivity resides in persistence.

“Confidence is going after Moby Dick in a rowboat and taking the tartar sauce with you.”

—Zig Ziglar

Hope for the best and prepare for the worst.


Streamlining your goals is less about convincing yourself that failure is not an option and more about responsible roleplaying. The more you live out your dreams now the less harsh their absence in your future reality will be, but there’s no reason to act petrified while you practice.

“Publishing a book is like stuffing a note into a bottle and hurling it into the sea. Some bottles drown, some come safe to land, where the notes are read and then possibly cherished, or else misinterpreted, or else understood all too well by those who hate the message. You never know who your readers might be.”

―Margaret Atwood

Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get.


Too much of anything can be bad for you, so always embrace the variety of self expression. This expression is just as much a reflection of as the sender as it is the receiver, but it must be shared always. After all, someone will always favor caramel nougat over crunchy chocolate.

“Readers have a loyalty that cannot be matched anywhere else in the creative arts, which explains why so many writers who have run out of gas can keep coasting anyway, propelled on to the bestseller lists by the magic words AUTHOR OF on the covers of their books.”

―Stephen King

Any port in a storm.

Not all readers ascribe to the consumer mentality of “What have you done for me lately?” Casual readers may keep big name authors afloat simply due to the fear of anonymity. Like all brand name goods and services, they figure the odds of a new Steven King paperback being a dud are much lower than the no-name author occupying the same rack. Well-known authors become rock stars in essence, but a guaranteed audience doesn’t guarantee exceptional work.

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