the post-its on my desk

a collection of small proverbs I’ve collected over the years, about writing, making art, and living well…

  1. “so what?”
  2. make big plays TODAY!
  3. “I’m doing this thing because I believe in it.”
  4. every scene is a chase scene
  5. Unity, Coherence, Development
  6. suffer the consequences
  7. Each paragraph is a single shot. Paragraph breaks are cuts.
  8. Your best work is the stuff you’re embarrassed to share.
  9. go to a different discipline
  10. other people’s expectations are not your responsibility
  11. why do YOU need to tell this story?
  12. action > reaction > action > reaction
  13. the secret to stealing is you have to steal around
  14. fire the judge
  15. we read to discover what happens next
  16. does it serve the work?
  17. your characters are their ACTIONS
  18. People love to pretend
  19. “Be patient…”
  20. DO THE THING!
  21. “you’re good. get better…”
  22. nothing moves forward without conflict
  23. process, not product
  24. what are you trying to say?
  25. the stories are what make us. we will overcome. we will endure.
  26. You are loved and capable of loving.
  27. You don’t get a life–you build a life.
  28. Life is a gamble. Bet on yourself.

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