Wednesday, May 30, 2012

GIRLS


Have you watched the show GIRLS on HBO? My reaction is mixed but there was one encounter I relished with the main character, Hannah, and a guy she's interested in.

Guy: "You don't have a job?"
Hannah: "I'm a writer."
Guy: "So, that's how you make a living?"
Hannah: (Silence)

Sometimes it's difficult to explain what you're doing if it doesn't fall into a traditional category with traditional outputs, you know? 

"They say living well is the best revenge but sometimes writing well is even better."

Friday, May 25, 2012

A tiny thought on detaching



Do you ever struggle with detaching? 

With knowing when to take advice from others, when to sift it out? The more I've thought about it, the more I've realized that caring about what other people think is often linked to caring about them in general. It's essential but difficult to separate the two, you know?
Last night, while I was running, I realized that often, other people won't know what's best for you. Heck, sometimes I don't even know what's best for me.  
Whether it's with medicine, writing, singing, or any of my other passions, if I listened to every warning or token of advice that came my way, I would be on an entirely different path in life.

As important as it is to learn and listen to those voices, external and internal, it's just as important to learn how and when to mute them.  

Photo from Instagram. This is what my desk looks like during edits: large Post Its, chunky, statement jewelry from the night before and an iced chai (not seen). Our family just moved into a new house and I painted my new room Tiffany's blue.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

If I Knew Then What I Know Now Part 4

In honor of being able to return to regular, frequent posting, I'm going to start with another part in my "If I Knew Then What I Know Now" series. 

1. People are doing the best they can. Most truly are good at heart.

2. Don't believe what people always say about others. Decide for yourself.

3. None of your writing is a waste. It's all practice. Yes, even those horrific Word documents that should stay confined to forgotten computer folders.

4. You'll fall in love with the kindest man you'll ever know, the one who makes you want to keep improving in every way. Before you meet, you'll both be on Homecoming Court on the exact, same night, many states apart, unaware of one another's existence.

5. It will benefit you to think of rejections as blessings,  pointing out where you can improve.

6. When you decide to seriously try to write, many people, even your well wishers, will automatically assume you're not really working. Learn how to tune them out. Learn when to tune everyone out.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Inspiring quotes for the week

"If you are destined to become a writer, you can't help it. If you can help it, you aren't destined to become a writer. The frustrations and disappointments, not even to mention the unspeakable loneliness, are too unbearable for anyone who doesn't have a deep sense of being unable to avoid writing." -Donald Harington

"Writers aren't people exactly. Or, if they're any good, they're a whole lot of people trying so hard to be one person." F. Scott Fitzgerald

"Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation." Oscar Wilde