We are never, ever our stories. We are what we chose to become after those stories happened to us.

Cristian Mihai, Perfect Love

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You know what makes a real writer? Rejections, that’s what. That’s what separates the talkers from the doers — guys who staple rejections to their chest and wade into the fray with those very same rejections as their armor, well, they’re the ones fighting the battles to win the war. Everybody else is just pretending.

-Chuck Wendig (terribleminds)

“When your story is ready for rewrite, cut it to the bone. Get rid of every ounce of excess fat. This is going to hurt; revising a story down to the bare essentials is always a little like murdering children, but it must be done.”

-Stephen King

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.

“Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.

“Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

-Steve Jobs, 2005 Stanford Commencement Address
http://news.stanford.edu/2005/06/14/jobs-061505/