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  • Mark Pomeroy

Words on Writing, Part Five

We are brilliant enough machines that we can sense when something is genuine.

— Michael Stipe

Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.

— Dave Barry

Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work.

— Rita Mae Brown

It is your duty in life to save your dream.

— Amedeo Modigliani

The end is nothing; the road is all.

— Willa Cather

Be so good they can’t ignore you.

— Steve Martin

Use anger to drive forward, to complete and improve your work. Every bully or doubter who has sparked anger in your chest has generously donated fuel to your writing fire. Prove them wrong.

— M.G. Leonard

The only thing of importance, when we depart, will be the traces of love we have left behind.

— Albert Schweitzer

Tell me, what is it you plan to do/With your one wild and precious life?

— Mary Oliver

You write to figure out what you think.

— Abraham Verghese

The ability to be lost is a precious thing for an artist.

— William Stafford

You live by the light you find.

— William Stafford


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