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How The Greats Were Great

"The greats weren't great because at birth they could paint. The greats were great cause they paint a lot."
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Joss Whedon Tells You How To Get Things Done

"Don’t make excuses. There aren’t any anymore. If you’re talking about it, you should be doing it.”
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Quote: What Stephen King Thinks About Talent

“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” — Stephen King Go forth and work hard.  (Via Jon Winokur)
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Hemingway Explains Writing

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” — Ernest Hemingway My god, the man could rock a mustache. Also, I, too, write on a typewriter whilst sitting in the shadow of mountains. Because that’s how we manly writers do it.
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Seven Characteristics of Highly Creative People

  Via a Norwegian study: 1. Associative orientation: Imaginative, playful, have a wealth of ideas, ability to be committed, sliding transitions between fact and fiction. 2. Need for originality: Resists rules and conventions. Have a rebellious attitude because of a need to do things no one else does. 3. Motivation: Have a need to perform, goal oriented, innovative...
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How To Write Great

This is how to write great according to Roger Rosenblatt in the New York Times. First three graphs: Oh, what the hell. Let’s go for it. Let us speak about great writing — not brilliant writing or clever writing or, most tempting of all, exquisite writing. Let us speak of Quixote writing, Lear and Deronda...
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Colson Whitehead’s Rules For Writing

As found in today's New York Times. There are 11 of them. Below are my three favorite. Let me know in the comments which ones you liked.
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The Things I Underlined: Notes On Tim O’Brien’s THE THINGS THEY CARRIED

Tim O’Brien writes war stories in his masterpiece book The Things They Carried. These are various sections from the chapter titled “How To Tell A True War Story,” sections I underlined and re-read a dozen times. If you can, read the whole chapter. Read the whole book. But these are passages I marked, passages I...
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Learn From People Better Than Yourself, like James Franco

I hereby announce a new, potentially ongoing feature on the blog: Dear Brandon From Brandon, or DBFB. Letters to myself. Enjoy. Dear Brandon, How are you? I am well. I hope this letter reaches you safely. Preferably through a humiliating public blog post that makes you look less than cool for writing and then publishing...
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What Inception Is Really All About

If you haven’t seen Inception yet, two things: One, don’t read this. It’ll ruin the whole movie. Two: Why not? I’m posting this in honor of my youngest brother, Logan, who turns 18 today, because we share a like passion for great movies. Inception was one such movie. Happy birthday, lil’ bro. This is the...
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