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Ned Vizzini – On Tackling Serious Matters

Ned Vizzini is one of the writers who had openly admitted his fight against mental illness. It is a common for writers to experience depression and anxiety and most of them in a very severe way. Ned Vizzini lost his fight against clinical depression but has managed to write novels that would help people understand the daily and general problems of a person who is experiencing struggles with their mental health.

As a writer, we can learn a lot from Ned Vizzini in terms of expressing even the hardest situations in our lives or our rock bottom.

Here are some quotes that Ned Vizzini gave us to remember him by:

“Its so hard to talk when you want to kill yourself. That’s above and beyond everything else, and it’s not a mental complaint-it’s a physical thing, like it’s physically hard to open your mouth and make the words come out. They don’t come out smooth and in conjunction with your brain the way normal people’s words do; they come out in chunks as if from a crushed-ice dispenser; you stumble on them as they gather behind your lower lip. So you just keep quiet.”
― Ned VizziniIt’s Kind of a Funny Story

“Sometimes I just think depression’s one way of coping with the world. Like, some people get drunk, some people do drugs, some people get depressed. Because there’s so much stuff out there that you have to do something to deal with it.”
― Ned VizziniIt’s Kind of a Funny Story

“I’m not better, you know. The weight hasn’t left my head. I feel how easily I could fall back into it, lie down and not eat, waste my time and curse wasting my time, look at my homework and freak out and go and chill at Aaron’s, look at Nia and be jealous again, take the subway home and hope that it has an accident, go and get my bike and head to the Brooklyn Bridge. All of that is still there. The only thing is, it’s not an option now. It’s just… a possibility, like it’s a possibility that I could turn to dust in the next instant and be disseminated throughout the universe as an omniscient consciousness. It’s not a very likely possibility.”
― Ned VizziniIt’s Kind of a Funny Story

So if you ever are suffering from depression or anxiety, ask for help. You don’t need to create a novel like Ned but you sure can express yourself even in the smallest form.

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Tina Fey – On Comedy

 

Tina Fey is a writer that started from “Saturday Night Live!” and became a producer for certain shows such as Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and 30 Rock. She was also known for her impression as the Republican politician, Sarah Palin.

She wrote a humor book called Bossypants and co-wrote the movies, Sisters, and Baby Mama.

One of the favorites from her book was the prayer she made for her daughter;

First, Lord: No tattoos. May neither Chinese symbol for truth nor Winnie-the-Pooh holding the FSU logo stain her tender haunches.

May she be Beautiful but not Damaged, for it’s the Damage that draws the creepy soccer coach’s eye, not the Beauty.

When the Crystal Meth is offered, may she remember the parents who cut her grapes in half And stick with Beer.

Guide her, protect her when crossing the street, stepping onto boats, swimming in the ocean, swimming in pools, walking near pools, standing on the subway platform, crossing 86th Street, stepping off of boats, using mall restrooms, getting on and off escalators, driving on country roads while arguing, leaning on large windows, walking in parking lots, riding Ferris wheels, roller-coasters, log flumes, or anything called “Hell Drop,” “Tower of Torture,” or “The Death Spiral Rock ‘N Zero G Roll featuring Aerosmith,” and standing on any kind of balcony ever, anywhere, at any age.

Lead her away from Acting but not all the way to Finance. Something where she can make her own hours but still feel intellectually fulfilled and get outside sometimes And not have to wear high heels. What would that be, Lord? Architecture? Midwifery? Golf course design? I’m asking You, because if I knew, I’d be doing it, Youdammit.

May she play the Drums to the fiery rhythm of her Own Heart with the sinewy strength of her Own Arms, so she need Not Lie With Drummers.

Grant her a Rough Patch from twelve to seventeen.Let her draw horses and be interested in Barbies for much too long, For childhood is short – a Tiger Flower blooming Magenta for one day – And adulthood is long and dry-humping in cars will wait.

O Lord, break the Internet forever, that she may be spared the misspelled invective of her peers And the online marketing campaign for Rape Hostel V: Girls Just Wanna Get Stabbed.

And when she one day turns on me and calls me a Bitch in front of Hollister, Give me the strength, Lord, to yank her directly into a cab in front of her friends, For I will not have that Shit. I will not have it.

And should she choose to be a Mother one day, be my eyes, Lord, that I may see her, lying on a blanket on the floor at 4:50 A.M., all-at-once exhausted, bored, and in love with the little creature whose poop is leaking up its back. “My mother did this for me once,” she will realize as she cleans feces off her baby’s neck. “My mother did this for me.” And the delayed gratitude will wash over her as it does each generation and she will make a Mental Note to call me. And she will forget. But I’ll know, because I peeped it with Your God eyes.

Amen.”

-Tina Fey, Bossypants

 

If you would like to make a humorous letter, you can bet your bottom dollar that Tina Fey is a good influence in a literary sense.

 

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Oscar Wilde – On Being a Nonconformist

Ladies and Gentlemen, let us all welcome the saint of all the hipsters! Seriously, this is every hipster’s idol. He writes like he doesn’t belong in his time. This writer is Oscar Wilde. There has been a movie about him starring Daniel Radcliffe, so yeah, I bet this didn’t come as a surprise to our old friends, the hipster geeks.

Who is Oscar Wilde, you ask?

Oscar Wilde was an Irish playwright, novelist, essayist, and poet. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London’s most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. He is remembered for his epigrams, his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, his plays, as well as the circumstances of his imprisonment and early death.

Now, we must ponder upon some of the notable quotations of Mr. Oscar Wilde;

“Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.”
― Oscar WildeThe Picture of Dorian Gray

“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”
― Oscar WildeThe Picture of Dorian Gray

“Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one’s head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no tomorrow. To forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace.”
― Oscar WildeThe Canterville Ghost

Oscar Wilde dared to not conform to the era he belongs. If you would write a letter to anyone about anything, read some of Oscar Wilde’s works and see how it changes the way you express yourself through words and sentences. Dare to be wild like Oscar Wilde.

 

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Neil Gaiman – On Imagination

Neil Gaiman is the man who defined where our dreams come from. He has written every fabric of the creative structure in which all imagination failed comparison to. This is the epitome of the gregarious search for modern fantastical, but gritty, merge of the surreal and the unreal.

Neil Gaiman is an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theater, and films. His notable works include the comic book series The Sandman and novels StardustAmerican GodsCoraline, and The Graveyard Book.

Here are some of the quotes that Neil Gaiman has written for all his readers;

“I’ve been making a list of the things they don’t teach you at school. They don’t teach you how to love somebody. They don’t teach you how to be famous. They don’t teach you how to be rich or how to be poor. They don’t teach you how to walk away from someone you don’t love any longer. They don’t teach you how to know what’s going on in someone else’s mind. They don’t teach you what to say to someone who’s dying. They don’t teach you anything worth knowing.”
― Neil GaimanThe Sandman, Vol. 9: The Kindly Ones

“Everybody has a secret world inside of them. I mean everybody. All of the people in the whole world, I mean everybody — no matter how dull and boring they are on the outside. Inside them they’ve all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds… Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands, maybe.”
― Neil GaimanThe Sandman, Vol. 5: A Game of You

“When I was a child, adults would tell me not to make things up, warning me of what would happen if I did. As far as I can tell so far, it seems to involve lots of foreign travel and not having to get up too early in the morning.”
― Neil GaimanSmoke and Mirrors: Short Fiction and Illusions

The first step in writing whether a book or a letter is to exercise transcription of imagination to words. Neil Gaiman proves that there is no limit to imagination and it can be a powerful catalyst for others to write and be read.

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Haruki Murakami – On Being Peculiar

Haruki Murakami is known for his eccentric form of writing. It is like the eccentricity of Asian Literature combined with the flow of Western Literature. Even the topics and themes of the books he writes are unique. This is why many are intrigued with what is going on with his books and the subject he tackles.

Haruki Murakami is a Japanese writer. His books and stories have been bestsellers in Japan as well as internationally, with his work being translated into 50 languages and selling millions of copies outside his native country.

Here are some of quotations from Haruki Murakami;

“I think you still love me, but we can’t escape the fact that I’m not enough for you. I knew this was going to happen. So I’m not blaming you for falling in love with another woman. I’m not angry, either. I should be, but I’m not. I just feel pain. A lot of pain. I thought I could imagine how much this would hurt, but I was wrong.”
― Haruki MurakamiSouth of the Border, West of the Sun

“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”
― Haruki Murakami

“But who can say what’s best? That’s why you need to grab whatever chance you have of happiness where you find it, and not worry about other people too much. My experience tells me that we get no more than two or three such chances in a life time, and if we let them go, we regret it for the rest of our lives.”
― Haruki MurakamiNorwegian Wood

Don’t be peculiarly poetic. In every piece of word written for anyone you love or trust or respect, prove them how unique you can be and show them that you have written for them because they, too, are special.

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JD Salinger – On Living and Existing

Have you ever heard of the infamous and legendary character, Holden Caulfield? If yes is your answer, then you might be one of the many that followed the work of JD Salinger. JD Salinger tested the minds of the young with his classic novel and proved his work is timeless.

JD Salinger was an American writer who is known for his widely-read novel, The Catcher in the Rye. Following his early success publishing short stories and Catcher in the Rye, Salinger led a very private life for more than a half-century. He published his final original work in 1965 and gave his last interview in 1980.

Here are some snippets of his works;

“Among other things, you’ll find that you’re not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. You’re by no means alone on that score, you’ll be excited and stimulated to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You’ll learn from them—if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It’s a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn’t education. It’s history. It’s poetry.”
― J.D. SalingerThe Catcher in the Rye

“That’s the thing about girls. Every time they do something pretty, even if they’re not much to look at, or even if they’re sort of stupid, you fall in love with them, and then you never know where the hell you are. Girls. Jesus Christ. They can drive you crazy. They really can.”
― J.D. SalingerThe Catcher in the Rye

“I was trying to feel some kind of good-bye. I mean I’ve left schools and places I didn’t even know I was leaving them. I hate that. I don’t care if it’s a sad good-bye or a bad good-bye, but when I leave a place I like to know I’m leaving it. If you don’t you feel even worse.”
― J.D. SalingerThe Catcher in the Rye

Every letter has an effect on someone. The letter from his school to his parents changed his perception. It might be just a letter but it became a beacon of Holden’s immersion to the world.

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Edgar Allan Poe – On The Darker Side of Poetry

Edgar Allan Poe has always been seen as the weird and dark one in the poetry department. Although he has gloomy metaphors and musky themes, Edgar Allan Poe made a mark on the world for the allegorical meaning of his poetry.

Edgar Allan Poe was an American writer, editor, and literary critic. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre.

Here are some quotes from this notable author;

“The true genius shudders at incompleteness — imperfection — and usually prefers silence to saying the something which is not everything that should be said.”
― Edgar Allan PoeMarginalia

“Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence– whether much that is glorious– whether all that is profound– does not spring from disease of thought– from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect.”
― Edgar Allan PoeComplete Tales and Poems

“I have absolutely no pleasure in the stimulants in which I sometimes so madly indulge. It has not been in the pursuit of pleasure that I have periled life and reputation and reason. It has been the desperate attempt to escape from torturing memories, from a sense of insupportable loneliness and a dread of some strange impending doom.”
― Edgar Allan Poe

The theme should never be a hindrance in writing. People can call you names and say anything but the truth of the matter is – the pen is mightier than the mouths of those who cannot express through writing. The true essence of a certain piece of literature or letter comes from what the writer manifests through his organized yet jumbled thoughts that only appear on paper.

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JK Rowling – On Inspiration

J.K. Rowling is a British novelist, screenwriter and film producer best known as the author of the Harry Potter fantasy series. The books have gained worldwide attention, won multiple awards, and sold more than 400 million copies.

Her success with the Harry Potter series has made a fire in the hearts of many aspiring authors. Fan-fiction books became a thing after her Harry Potter series. She is also known for her charitable works and an active voice against political issues.

Harry Potter was a novel that shows how the oppressed and discriminated fought against a force that stops the equality of wizards, witches and muggles alike.

Here are quotations from the Harry Potter series that became an inspiration to many:

“You care so much you feel as though you will bleed to death with the pain of it.”
― J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

“I’m going to keep going until I succeed — or die. Don’t think I don’t know how this might end. I’ve known it for years.”
― J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

And the most iconic…

“A breeze ruffled the neat hedges of Privet Drive, which lay silent and tidy under the inky sky, the very last place you would expect astonishing things to happen. Harry Potter rolled over inside his blankets without waking up. One small hand closed on the letter beside him and he slept on, not knowing he was special, not knowing he was famous, not knowing he would be woken in a few hours’ time by Mrs. Dursley’s scream as she opened the front door to put out the milk bottles, nor that he would spend the next few weeks being prodded and pinched by his cousin Dudley…He couldn’t know that at this very moment, people meeting in secret all over the country were holding up their glasses and saying in hushed voices: “To Harry Potter – the boy who lived!”
― J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

So if you ever need inspiration in writing a letter to anyone, never think that it wouldn’t matter cause you don’t know what effect or inspiration it can give to the recipient or the reader. Just look at how Harry’s life has changed from the moment he received his acceptance letter from Hogwarts.

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David Sedaris – On the Humor of Truth

Have you ever felt like your life is an episode of a comedy series? Do you sometimes feel as if the weirdest things, not alien weird but like coincidental weird, are happening to you? Have you ever felt peculiar within your peers? If you do then you can take a writing advice from David Sedaris.

David Raymond Sedaris, also known as David Sedaris, is an American humoristcomedianauthor, and radio contributor. He was publicly recognized in 1992 when National Public Radio broadcast his essay “SantaLand Diaries“. He published his first collection of essays and short stories, Barrel Fever, in 1994.

Here are some David Sedaris quotes that would surely put you at the edge of your seat, writing wise;

“When asked “What do we need to learn this for?” any high-school teacher can confidently answer that, regardless of the subject, the knowledge will come in handy once the student hits middle age and starts working crossword puzzles in order to stave off the terrible loneliness.”
― David SedarisMe Talk Pretty One Day

“For the first twenty years of my life, I rocked myself to sleep. It was a harmless enough hobby, but eventually, I had to give it up. Throughout the next twenty-two years I lay still and discovered that after a few minutes I could drop off with no problem. Follow seven beers with a couple of scotches and a thimble of good marijuana, and it’s funny how sleep just sort of comes on its own. Often I never even made it to the bed. I’d squat down to pet the cat and wake up on the floor eight hours later, having lost a perfectly good excuse to change my clothes. I’m now told that this is not called “going to sleep” but rather “passing out,” a phrase that carries a distinct hint of judgment.”
― David SedarisMe Talk Pretty One Day

“Every day we’re told that we live in the greatest country on earth. And it’s always stated as an undeniable fact: Leos are born between July 23 and August 22, fitted queen-size sheets measure sixty by eighty inches, and America is the greatest country on earth. Having grown up with this in our ears, it’s startling to realize that other countries have nationalistic slogans of their own, none of which are ‘We’re number two!”
― David SedarisMe Talk Pretty One Day

As a humorist, David Sedaris teaches us that paragraphs can have a whole lot of meaning than just stacking up words to create an idea. It is more of expressing one’s uniqueness. A long paragraph but leads to a point, another writing method that all of us can learn something from.

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Woody Allen – On Film Writing

Remember the movie “Annie Hall”? Woody Allen was the writer to this iconic film. Not just that but he also starred in it. It is a love letter for a city he lives in and how he metaphorically falls in love with Annie Hall in the movie.

Woody Allen is an American actor, author, filmmaker, comedian, playwright, and musician whose career spans more than six decades.

This is an excerpt from his movie, Manhattan, where at first he struggles to best define the feeling of his character;

Chapter 1.
He adored New York City. He idolized it all out of proportion…no, make that: he – he romanticized it all out of proportion. Yeah. To him, no matter what the season was, this was still a town that existed in black and white and pulsated to the great tunes of George Gershwin.’

Uh, no let me start this over.

Chapter 1.
He was too romantic about Manhattan, as he was about everything else. He thrived on the hustle bustle of the crowds and the traffic. To him, New York meant beautiful women and street-smart guys who seemed to know all the angles…’.

Ah, corny, too corny for my taste. Can we … can we try and make it more profound?

Chapter 1.
He adored New York City. For him, it was a metaphor for the decay of contemporary culture. The same lack of individual integrity that caused so many people to take the easy way out was rapidly turning the town of his dreams in…’

No, that’s going to be too preachy. I mean, you know, let’s face it, I want to sell some books here.

Chapter 1.
He adored New York City, although to him it was a metaphor for the decay of contemporary culture. How hard it was to exist in a society desensitized by drugs, loud music, television, crime, garbage…’

Too angry, I don’t want to be angry.

Chapter 1.
He was as tough and romantic as the city he loved. Behind his black-rimmed glasses was the coiled sexual power of a jungle cat.’

I love this.

‘New York was his town, and it always would be.”
― Woody AllenManhattan

“Manhattan” is a movie that depicts his love for the city of New York, particularly downtown Manhattan. This is one of the most well written first sequences in a movie that shows such loyalty and love to a certain place. This is certainly one of Woody Allen’s greats.