Don’t aim at success – the more you make it your target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue … as the intended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a course greater than yourself.*
Story is about originality, not duplication. … True originality is the meeting of content and form. … As writers, you must make distinctive choices of subject and find your unique shaping of the telling.**
In the most transcending moments of our lives, we understand ourselves to have a responsibility.
It’s a moment of awakening.
We can only take up our own responsibility: I cannot take up yours, nor you mine: each responsibility is unique, crafted and formed with a unique life-setting.
I can help, mind, and I will help you as much as I can.
Here are a few tests for our calling to responsibility: success is not guaranteed, some will hate it, it’s more important than life itself, it will be transformative. Oh, and it will also be filled with beauty, goodness and love.