Sep 20, 2011

Stop aspiring. Start writing.

Advice? I don’t have advice. Stop aspiring and start writing. If you’re writing, you’re a writer. Write like you’re a goddamn death row inmate and the governor is out of the country and there’s no chance for a pardon. Write like you’re clinging to the edge of a cliff, white knuckles, on your last breath, and you’ve got just one last thing to say, like you’re a bird flying over us and you can see everything, and please, for God’s sake, tell us something that will save us from ourselves. Take a deep breath and tell us your deepest, darkest secret, so we can wipe our brow and know that we’re not alone. Write like you have a message from the king. Or don’t. Who knows, maybe you’re one of the lucky ones who doesn’t have to.

—Alan Watts (via awritersruminations)
It must be mentioned that there are a number of tumblrs which I have been following for inspiration and good quotes. A Writer's Ruminations, as quoted from, is one; another two are Book Oasis and A Poet Reflects. There indeed exist many other inspiring blogs but I particularly like these three for their names, selections, and style.

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