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Quote wall: Vivian Gornick

On the bulletin board above my desk, I keep a handful of quotes that have taught me something, or that I hope to learn from. Here's one: Most writers of books have only one story to tell; it is the one wrapped around a piece of emotional wisdom the author

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Quote wall: Natalia Ginzburg

On the bulletin board above my desk, I keep a handful of quotes that have taught me something, or that I hope to learn from. Here's one: When I write something I usually think it is very important and that I am a very fine writer. I think this happens

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Quote wall: Austin Kleon

On the bulletin board above my desk, I keep a handful of quotes that have taught me something, or that I hope to learn from. Here's one: What did you really want to say? —Austin KleonI never, never, never have an answer to this when writing a first draft. Somewhere

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Quote wall: Colum McCann

On the bulletin board above my desk, I keep a handful of quotes that have taught me something, or that I hope to learn from. Here's one: Open elegantly. Open fiercely. Open delicately. Open with surprise. Open with everything at stake. This, of course, is a bit like being told

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Quote wall: Brian Koppelman

On the bulletin board above my desk, I keep a handful of quotes that have taught me something, or that I hope to learn from. Here's one: The best time to share your work is when you can't figure out how to make it better anymore. —Brian KoppelmanThis one comes

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Quote wall: Austin Kleon

On the bulletin board above my desk, I keep a handful of quotes that have taught me something, or that I hope to learn from. Here's one: The act of drawing is more important than the drawing. —Paraphrased from Austin Kleon's interview on the Hurry Slowly podcastI had to summarize

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Quote wall: Note to self

On the bulletin board above my desk, I keep a handful of quotes that have taught me something, or that I hope to learn from. Here's one: Play to the top of your own intelligence. (No dumbing down.)I can't attribute this one to Nina LaCour, exactly. It's a note

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Quote wall: Raymond Carver

On the bulletin board above my desk, I keep a handful of quotes that have taught me something, or that I hope to learn from. Here's one: It is his world and no other. —Raymond Carver, in the New York TimesThis one is useful, but so is the larger passage

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Quote wall: Ben Gibbard

On the bulletin board above my desk, I keep a handful of quotes that have taught me something, or that I hope to learn from. Here's one: There’s that saying: You spend your 20s thinking everybody’s talking about you, you spend your 30s wondering why nobody’s talking

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Quote wall: Colum McCann

On the bulletin board above my desk, I keep a handful of quotes that have taught me something, or that I hope to learn from. Here's one: A first line should open up your rib cage. It should reach in and twist your heart backward. It should suggest that the