21 Lies Writers Tell Themselves

A bit of genius from The Awl. One of my favorites is #10, in response to the myth that “publishing this book will change my life.” No, the writer says: What will change your life is committing to regularly producing work. More than any single opportunity, usually a commitment to writing succeeds instead. Amen.

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Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)

Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t.Maybe you’ll have children, maybe you won’t.Maybe you’ll divorce at 40. Maybe you’ll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary.Whatever you do, don’t congratulate yourself too much, or berate yourself either.Your choices are half chance.So are everybody else’s.

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What is large is small, what is long is short

The World is Small and Life is Long. In other words: our world, now, is a big world that acts small. Be nice to people. Seemingly disparate worlds are increasingly connected. The days are long, but the years are short. In other words: today seems like a chore, but this is the ephemeral stuff of…

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When something suddenly goes terribly wrong

Here’s what airplane pilots are told to do when something suddenly goes terribly wrong with the plane: Don’t do anything. Just sit there and think about what’s happening. Whatever you think is going on, and whatever you feel like doing right away in response, you’re probably wrong. Take your time, and it will make sense…

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