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Jay Lake
Date: 2007-02-27 09:04
Subject: Life's little helpful hints
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Tags:funny, personal, process, writing
Amplified from a comment in my post on marketing-as-writing...

"Dance like no one's watching, love like you'll never get hurt, write like you'll always sell."
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Rose Fox: wiseass
User: rosefox
Date: 2007-02-27 17:21 (UTC)
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I thought it was "Dance like you'll never get hurt and love like nobody's watching".
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User: ex_paulskem
Date: 2007-02-27 17:25 (UTC)
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To that last point one might add a corrollary -- Present yourself as if you do and always will sell, and sell well.

Perception (whether based in fact or not) is a driver of sales. Weird but true.
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User: fjm
Date: 2007-02-27 17:30 (UTC)
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"love like you'll never get hurt"

I really do believe this one. Right now it's hurting. It's still worth it. Always better to have loved (and to still love).
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Laura Anne Gilman
User: suricattus
Date: 2007-02-27 17:42 (UTC)
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Always better to have loved (and to still love).

yep. even when the object of love needs to be hit with a heavy stick.

but is it better to have sold and been dropped, then to never have sold at all?
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Steve Nagy
User: stevenagy
Date: 2007-02-27 18:01 (UTC)
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I think so. Because the original accomplishment is still valid.

Markets change. But that doesn't make what you do any less valid. It's just hard to see it as a business when there's so much of yourself invested in what you write.
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User: juliabk
Date: 2007-02-27 18:45 (UTC)
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The little sign I have over my desk uses "love like you've never been hurt".
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2007-02-27 17:34 (UTC)
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Similar quotes have been attributed to Mark Twain, William Purkey, ancient Chinese proverb(of course) among others so recently it could not have been them. Guy Clark, who recorded the song, Come from the Heart, says his wife Susanna wrote these lyrics.

You got to sing like you don't need the money
Love like you'll never get hurt
You got to dance like nobody's watchin'
It's gotta come from the heart if you want it to work

Although "write like you'll always sell" is one way of looking at it, I like changing the first line to "write like you don't need the money" even better. Of course I also like "fart, like you're the only one in the elevator" or even "reboot, like you think windows will work" but that's just me.

scott e.d.
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User: juliabk
Date: 2007-02-27 18:58 (UTC)
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I've seen so many attributions there's no telling where it really came from. What you've listed there isn't quite the same and I wonder which came first. Do you have a date for that?
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User: scott_e_d
Date: 2007-02-28 00:08 (UTC)
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All I know is that Guy Clark recorded those words in 1989, on his album Old Friends. About the origin? I just read the Irish claim it, as well as the Chinese, as well as Satchel Paige, as well as . . . I just like Guy Clark singing the words. His low-key, gravelly delivery makes words that could veer dangerously toward greeting card material into, well, something that sounds like folk wisdom.
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Lawrence M. Schoen: Publicity shot
User: klingonguy
Date: 2007-02-28 02:33 (UTC)
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Keyword:Publicity shot
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dinogrl: skull and crossbones
User: dinogrl
Date: 2007-02-28 08:59 (UTC)
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Keyword:skull and crossbones
Hmmmm. Maybe I'll try the writing one on my students. Seems they would grasp the monetary aspect of that statement. Just today I told them, "It is how you write that defines you. Not what you write."
I saw that bullet go whizzing right over their heads.
(She said as she limped away to bang her head on the desk.)
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