"A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms."

—from Zen Shin Talks (via nyu-tah)

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"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style."

—Maya Angelou (via onlinecounsellingcollege)

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janetmock:

Queen. One of our greatest minds.

janetmock:

Queen. One of our greatest minds.

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"Sometimes we just have to cut off the dead branches in our life. Sometimes that’s the only way we can keep the tree alive. It’s hard and it hurts, but it’s what’s best."

—Nicole Williams (via stay-ocean-minded)

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"Even after all this time The sun never says to the earth, “You owe Me.” Look what happens with A love like that, It lights the Whole Sky."

—Hafiz (via dianelaura)

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"People think being alone makes you lonely, but I don’t think that’s true. Being surrounded by the wrong people is the loneliest thing in the world."

—Kim Culbertson, The Liberation of Max McTrue (via avvfvl)

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zenpencils:

MAYA ANGELOU ‘Phenomenal Woman’

"I tell aspiring writers that you have to find what you MUST write. When you find it, you will know, because the subject matter won’t let you go. It’s not enough to write simply because you think it would be neat to be published. You have to be compelled to write. If you’re not, nothing else that you do matters."

—Rick Riordan (via writingquotes)

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pattilahell:

kushandwizdom:

The Good Vibe

Please understand this, folks.

pattilahell:

kushandwizdom:

The Good Vibe

Please understand this, folks.

(via lalelife)

"

Writers write but they should also read. I read everything, which is a significant part of my writing process. I believe heartily in taking notes. For nonfiction, I take copious notes. Everywhere — in the book, in a separate notebook, on Post-Its.

I write at all hours, but my best writing gets done when I have the least distractions which is either early in the morning or in the middle of the night. I try mightily to get every last bit of doubt or concern about anything else out of my head while I’m writing a draft and then go back to it when I have some sense and some energy and I can revise.

Revision is the heart of my work and the most enjoyable and the most irritating part of being a writer. I revise most things I write a half-dozen times — even blogs — before I am satisfied with word choice and structure and order. Outlines can be really helpful for big projects, but I am not wedded to them.

"

My Writing Process: Forget what you hear about writing

"To expect too much is to have a sentimental view of life and this is a softness that ends in bitterness."

—Flannery O’Connor, from The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O’Connor (via aubade)

"When I grew up, people just told me stories. You are telling a story even before you are aware of yourself as a gendered self. You are aware of what story is there, somewhere, needing to be told. For me that was enough."

Writing about Women at the Margins: An Interview with NoViolet Bulawayo | The Vela Blog

vintageanchorbooks:

"If I waited for perfection I would never write a word."— Margaret Atwood

vintageanchorbooks:

"If I waited for perfection I would never write a word."
— Margaret Atwood

Poem: For Writers

Do not wait for validation

the language at war with currency.

Feast instead on self possession

& poems:

The stories of the ones before us,

The dreams of our descendants.

Narratives that remind our hearts how to soar.

No one is coming to proclaim your talent rough or refined.

You are your only true nemesis,

a house divided against its productivity.

Do not wait to write.

Not for love, nor money;

Not for attention nor glory.

Do it to heal &

because you are compulsive &

because the story claws at your attention &

because those words weigh down the gut,

& wring them from your core

until you can’t do anything but devour experience

or starve for want of stories

to give your language life.

Live deeply in moments that give to you

the broadest horizons

& make for yourself worlds that

delicately remind us

how powerful it is to reach beyond the limits we

dream for ourselves while we are yet

never sleeping.

Finally,

Forget this advice

& anyone else’s.

You are the best author of your destiny,

after all.

This, too,

is noise you’ve read

to keep from writing.

Genuflect only at the altar of creation.

Not a single thing

will ever match the importance of

your devotion.

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