Apostate Café


By Joshua Ellis

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Posted in: meaning-beauty-whimsy

Encouragement

Encouragement

So ever since Sunam publicly outed me for nanowrimo, my brother has been sending me a daily message of encouragement. The idea being that if he keeps it up, I will actually write 1,600-ish words a day for the entire month of November and have the first draft of a 175-page novel.

Some of my brother’s notes of encouragement have been inspiring:

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”
— Anais Nin

Many of them, though, just make me laugh. Below are some highlights:

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step; this step will be followed by around 1,759,999 steps… pretend those steps don’t exist.

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“A successful first novel is one that is written. People that don’t write their first novel go to hell.”

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“A writer who doesn’t write is not a writer: he is a failure.

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“Paris Hilton has written a book.”

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“Failure to act is like an F U to reality.”

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“By nature all men are equal in liberty, but not in other endowments.”
—Thomas Aquinas

“People who have a lot in the “other endowments” category should do stuff with them so that people who don’t can be jealous.”
—John Ellis

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“The reality of disappointment is unequivocally better than the fantasy of success. Don’t be a dummy.”

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“If at first you don’t succeed, give up, fall into an uncorrectable shame spiral, and refuse to try again.”

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“People who don’t write books are stupid.”