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Effective Branding Habits

“You have to set up the narrow parameters that you work in, and then within those, give yourself just enough room to be free and play.”

Danielle Krysa – Creative Block: Advice and Projects from 50 Successful Artists (public library)

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Embracing Your Creative Side

“Make new mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before.” -Neil Gaiman

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The Sweet Spot

Poetry seems to have priced itself out of a job; sadly, it often handles few materials of significance and addresses a tiny audience. Literary fiction is scarcely published; it’s getting to be like conceptual art — all the unknown writer can do is tell people about his work, and all they can say is, “good idea.” The short story is to some extent going the way of poetry, willfully limiting its subject matter to such narrow surfaces that it cannot address the things that most engage our hearts and minds. So the narrative essay may become the genre of choice for writers devoted to significant literature.

Annie DillardThe Best American Essays 1988 (public library)

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Your Business is a Masterpiece, Not a Rough Sketch

“Yes! Hope may with my strong desire keep pace,

And I be undeluded, unbetrayed:

For if of our affections none find grace

In sight of Heaven, then wherefore hath God made

The world which we inhabit? Better plea

Love cannot have, than that in loving thee

Glory to that eternal peace is paid,

Who such divinity to thee imparts

As hallows and makes pure all gentle hearts.

His hope is treacherous only whose love dies

With beauty, which is varying every hour;

But, in chaste hearts uninfluenced by the power

Of outward change, there blooms a deathless flower,

That breathes on earth the air of paradise.”

Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564)

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