Friday’s indispensable Words of Wisdom or Nonsense (FiWoWon, in case you forgot)

The rough draft of [Divergent #2] was the hardest thing I have ever written, and I had no idea why. After discarding every explanation I came up with, I was finally able to land on the one that was actually true: it was all related to fear.

Most of that anxiety comes from my constant assessment of other people’s opinions about me. So, you can imagine what happened when I entered into a profession in which assessments of my work are constant, abundant, and very, very public.

Then someone pointed out that I chose to write a book about bravery. I don’t know why I didn’t realize that I wrote about [Tris] because I longed for that quality of hers that is so distinctive to me: she chooses the true thing instead of the safe thing. And what she discovers is that the freedom to become who she wants to be is worth the danger.

I’ve learned from Tris that there aren’t really safe places — or that if there are, I don’t really want to be in them, because it’s not who I am.

I don’t want to be a writer who is ruled by fear. I want to be the one who says: they may not like it, but this story is as true as possible, so I don’t mind.

Anxiety doesn’t just disappear. But I am determined not to consult my fear when I make decisions, in life and in writing.

Veronica Roth, author of Divergent. Read the first 100 pages of the book, available on HarperTeen.

The above is an excerpt from this post on her blog.

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Friday’s indispensable Words of Wisdom or Nonsense (or FiWoWoN in Ninja)

Don’t just read the easy stuff. You may be entertained by it, but you will never grow from it.

Jim Rohn

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Friday’s indispensable Words of Wisdom or Nonsense (a.k.a. FiWoWoN in some parts of the universe)

“If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, then eight. Then sixteen. Then thirty-two. Eventually one discovers that it is not boring at all.”

John Cage

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Friday’s indispensable Words of Wisdom or Nonsense (or FiWoWoN. Obviously.)

“I’ve never liked philosophers. They make it all sound so grand and simple, and then you step out into a world that’s full of complications.”

Terry Pratchett (from “Thief of Time” Discworld novel)

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Friday’s indispensable Words of Wisdom or Nonsense (or call it FiWoWoN if you can’t remember the long name.)

“Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.”

Albert Einstein

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Friday’s indispensable Words of Wisdom or Nonsense (also called FiWoWoN by me. And my cat, of course.)

“I like my job, of course, or at least I like it a lot more than most of the other jobs for which I am qualified (roofer, dishwasher, law school student). But I don’t like my job nearly as much as I like wearing the same t-shirt for seven days straight…I’m just kidding. I wouldn’t really do that. I would write all the time, of course. I would move to a little house…with a broke-down porch, and I’d sit on my porch and write…and feel the tension of Southern modernity all around me, which would be reflected brilliantly in my novels, which would sell like hotcakes and get short-listed for awards. I know what you’re wondering. You’re wondering how I can even fantasize about having that kind of writing life when I clearly just sandwiched two “which” clauses into one sentence.

Touché, mon grammatical ami. Too. Shay.”

John Green

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Friday’s indispensable Words of Wisdom or Nonsense (or just FiWoWoN for short. You’re welcome.)

“Some writers confuse authenticity, which they ought always to aim at, with originality, which they should never bother about.”

W.H. Auden

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