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“Poetry puts starch in your backbone so you can stand, so you can compose your life.” — Maya Angelou

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Kurt Vonnegut’s Rules for Short Stories

1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.

2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.

3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.

4. Every sentence must do one of two things–reveal character or advance the action.

5. Start as close to the end as possible.

6. Be a sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them–in order that the reader may see what they are made of.

7. Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.

8. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To heck with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.

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- Kurt Vonnegut

(Source: chrisarrant, via randomhouse)

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"When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends."

- Japanese Proverb

(Source: mr-another, via booksandpublishing)

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"I have the choice of being constantly active and happy or introspectively passive and sad. Or I can go mad by ricocheting in between.” — Sylvia Plath

(Source: escapologie, via booksandpublishing)

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“Behind a remarkable scholar one finds a mediocre man, and behind a mediocre artist quite often a very remarkable man.”

—F. Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, §137 (edited excerpt).

(Source: dailynietzsche)

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what’s in a title?

“I make a list of titles after I’ve finished the story or the book — sometimes as many as a hundred. Then I start eliminating them, sometimes all of them.” — Ernest Hemingway

“The title comes afterwards, usually with considerable difficulty. … A working title often changes.” — Heinrich Böll

“I have never been a title man. I don’t give a damn what it is called. I would call it [East of Eden] Valley to the Sea, which is a quotation from absolutely nothing but has two great words and a direction.” — John Steinbeck

“Titles as a rule do not matter much. Very good authors break down when it comes to the effort of choosing a title.” — D.H. Lawrence

“When I need a title I’ll usually reread the poetry of Hart Crane. I take a copy of Crane’s work with me when I travel. A phrase will catch my eye and seem right for what I’m writing. But there’s no system to it.” — Tennessee Williams

“I have a peculiar idea about titles. They should never be obviously provocative, nor say anything about murder. They should be rather indirect and neutral, but the form of words should be a little unusual. … As to publishers, I wonder if they know anything about titles.” — Raymond Chandler

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Because you and me

cannot for too much longer be

I will go to the sea

where they will see

a man without swimming trunks.

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Copy of Das Kapital sells for $40k just as Dow Jones hits record high

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"It takes something more than intelligence to act intelligently."

- Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment 

(Source: darkenedanddazzled, via man-of-prose)