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The work is completed when the anxiety has disappeared. That is the proof of its success. Louise Bourgeois, Artist, Interview with David Klugman, 19 Jan. 1992 (via honeymooninthefridge)

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Don’t be afraid of hard work. Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Don’t let others discourage you or tell you that you can’t do it. In my day I was told women didn’t go into chemistry. I saw no reason why we couldn’t.

Gertrude B. Elion

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Don’t wait. Writers are the only artists I know of who expect to get somewhere by waiting. Everyone knows you have to dance to be a dancer, you have to sing to be a singer, you have to act to be an actor, but far too many people seem to believe that you. don’t have to write to be a writer. So, instead of writing, they wait. Isaac Asimov said it beautifully in just six words: “It’s the writing that teaches you.” Writing is what teaches you. Writing is what leads to “inspiration.” Writing is what generates ideas. Nothing else-and nothing less. Don’t meditate, don’t do yoga, don’t do drugs. Just write.

DANIEL QUINN (via booksandpublishing)

REBLOGGING TIMES TEN!

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Loneliness does not come from having no people around you, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to you. Carl Jung  (via feellng)

You have to surrender to your mediocrity, and just write. Because it’s hard, really hard, to write even a crappy book. But it’s better to write a book that kind of sucks rather than no book at all, as you wait around to magically become Faulkner. No one is going to write your book for you and you can’t write anybody’s book but your own. Cheryl Strayed (via maxkirin)

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My father was a very disciplined and punctual man; it was a prerequisite for his creativity…. No matter what time you get out of bed, go for a walk and then work, he’d say, because the demons hate it when you get out of bed, demons hate fresh air. Linn Ullmann talking about her father Ingmar Bergman. Via Matt Thomas.

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This is all you have to do. Sit down once a day to the novel and start working without internal criticism, without debilitating expectations, without the need to look at your words as if they were already printed and bound.
The beginning is only a draft. Drafts are imperfect by definition.
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Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in. Leonardo da Vinci (April 15, 1452 - May 2, 1519)

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