“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”

-Louis L’Amour

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“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/