Let them Tell you how it’s Done!

Pearls of wisdom from some of the most creative persons of our time!

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This renowned beat generation writer who was unapologetic about his style or content, talks about the importance of standing by your ideas. “Do not shortchange the muse,” he says, for if you shortchange the muse, you risk shortchanging your work.

Cheat your landlord if you can and must, but do not try to shortchange the Muse. It cannot be done. You can’t fake quality any more than you can fake a good meal.”

William S. Burroughs

Wise words coming from the woman who wrote ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird,’ a novel hailed for dealing with the important issue of racism. Harper Lee set the stage for debate, her moving plot provokes the reader to mull over a problem that was brushed under the carpet for far too long. Would she have been able to write a book like this if she cared too much about “what would people say?” This is what she has to say about negative comments and criticism.

I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide.”

—Harper Lee

Children are brutally honest and this is what makes them dangerous critics. Roald Dahl however, successfully managed to enthrall millions of tiny tots with celebrated books like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda and Fantastic Mr. Fox. Surely, he had some trick up his sleeve, right? Actually no, all he did was set his sights on the bigger picture. This is how he chose to react to the few haters along the way.

I don’t care if a reader hates one of my stories, just as long as he finishes the book.”

—Roald Dahl

In the wake of all that is happening, should you let your work reflect your honest opinions? Or should you cower down in the face of opposition? Remember this before letting your story take that safe detour!

If a nation loses its storytellers, it loses its childhood.”

—Peter Handke

Host of the hit talk show ‘Larry King Live’ this talented host, actor and comedian knows exactly what it takes to get those creative juices flowing. Does he think inspiration ‘happens?’ Absolutely not! He knows hard work is the only key.

 Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts.”

—Larry L. King, WD

This wonderful piece of advice applies not only to writing but the creative process in general. Never settle for ‘okay,’ always push for ‘bang on!’

The difference between the almost right word and the right word is … the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”

—Mark Twain 

Well, we hope these quotes help you on your journey as you attempt your own creative masterpiece. (And you can have many of these) :)