Of course, all that occurred before Facebook, Twitter, and Blogger. My grandmother never sent an e-mail in her life. The U.S. mail was still delivered by horse and buggy when she was born. But I do think if she were alive today she would have embraced social media simply for the power of sharing links to articles she thought worthy of a person's time. Today I'm going to follow her lead and pass on a few items I've "clipped" from the internet. Things I hope an Insecure Writer might find relevant.
Ironically, I'll start with a letter:
I found this via Letters of Note. It's from a letter written by Kurt Vonnegut to a class of high school students who were given the assignment of writing to a favorite author with the hope of persuading him to visit the school. Here is an excerpt from his reply explaining why he couldn't make it. The underlining is his.
Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what's inside you, to make your soul grow.
This next excerpt I found through Dave Stewart (yes, of Eurythmics fame). It comes from an article by Deepak Chopra which asks, Are You Destined for Success? The article looks at the reasons for individual success, whether it's a matter of measurable data points like motivation, intelligence, privilege, talent, or just plain luck. But it's Chopra here, so the message naturally goes a little deeper. Underlining is mine.
"Yet none of us wants to feel like the pawn of fate, so the search for the golden key to success remains alive. I believe that the real answer lies elsewhere. The key to success lies in one thing: Stop using a win-lose model. There is a way to make success a win-win situation. It's based on the simple idea that life isn't a zero sum game. Not every person who enters a corporation can end up as chief executive. But every person can achieve the fruits of success if we stop measuring them by external labels. The fruits of success, as measured in lifelong satisfaction, are far more meaningful."(read the rest here)
And finally I saw this retweetable quote via Chuck Sambuchino of Writer's Digest. True that.
Writing sometimes goes deeper than aiming to sell books.
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