“The creative path isn’t paved. And no two paths are ever the same. So yes, I’ll stumble, I’ll certainly take a few wrong turns, and maybe I won’t even make it to where I’d hoped to end up, but that’s all part of it. All part of the writing journey, and life’s journey, too.”
Tiny Revelations, Spotify Codes, and Summer Thrillers :: Valerie Geary
“You should never waste your midlife crisis. You can do great things with a midlife crisis. If you just waste it on like a car, it’s just a lack of imagination. Mine was the decision to write books and attempt to make a living there.”
Never Waste your Midlife Crisis :: Austin Kleon
This is one I hunted down after reading John Adams. I liked this summary so much I found a $1.99 Kindle version of the entire essay.
“It is our intellect that we should cultivate as we age. Physical vigor is good, and we should try to be healthy, but ‘much greater care is due to the mind and soul; for they, too, like lamps, grow dim with time, unless we keep them supplied with oil.’ So achieving wisdom in old age is paramount.”
Summary of Cicero, On “Old Age”
“Maybe there is something else that you have built up as a big deal. If so, I find this mantra of “If others can, I can” is helpful. Many many other people have…traveled internationally…filed the paperwork to start a business…bought and sold property…run for a local office…applied to graduate school…gotten a professional license…given speeches…opened investment accounts, etc. These people do not all have some secret ability that the rest of us do not. They had someone explain the process to them or they researched it and figured it out. Those are avenues of discovery open to all of us!”
If Others Can, You Can :: Laura Vanderkam
Good advice here.
10 Tips for Writing Children’s Picture Books :: Alice Kuipers
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