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Both anxiety and desire ‘are tilted toward the future’

Open to Desire The Truth About What the Buddha Taught

Anxiety and desire are two, often conflicting, orientations to the unknown. Both are tilted toward the future. Desire implies a willingness, or a need, to engage this unknown, while anxiety suggests a fear of it. Desire takes one out of oneself, into the possibility or relationship, but it also takes one deeper into oneself. Anxiety turns one back on oneself, but only onto the self that is already known.

Mark Epstein M.D.Open to Desire: The Truth About What the Buddha Taught

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Philip Roth (RIP): ‘Writing turns you into someone who’s always wrong’

“Writing turns you into someone who’s always wrong. The illusion that you may get it right is the perversity that draws you on.”

Philip Roth

In 2016, Roth donated 3,500 of his books to his hometown library in Newark, his ‘other home.’ Among those were the fifteen books Roth said influenced his life the most.

Philip Roth (RIP): 'Writing turns you into someone who’s always wrong' #writing
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Good health. Interesting work. Satisfying personal relationships. It’s worth checking every now and then.

Ian McEwan
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He’s basically thinking in tweets because of the Valium.

— David Mitchell explains the protagonist in his new book to be published exclusively on Twitter.
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Once artists start asking how many “likes” they’ve garnered, they’re no longer making art; they’re moving product.

Mark Slouka

(via Karim)

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Everyone thinks they have a book in them. But most of us have only a chapter or two.

— William Novak, top ghostwriter
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Try to leave out the parts that readers tend to skip.

RIP Elmore Leonard

Bonus:

“If it sounds like writing, rewrite it.”

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Ailian Gan | >140: Before Seth Godin was Seth Godin

ailian:

if you are just starting out and you think nobody really reads your work and you’re writing duds half the time that really shouldn’t see the light of day, keep posting. Keep posting. 

Seth Godin has been blogging every day for more than a decade.  I’m trying to follow suit, in my own way.  This is my third year blogging; each post is a chance to refine my craft.   

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Accept your contradictions. Learn how to live with them. Because they aren’t curses – they are blessings.

Paul Coelho, The Alchemist
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Write like a ….. Because there are two things that all writers like: cursing and coffee.
Write like a ….. Because there are two things that all writers like: cursing and coffee.