„You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.“

Variante: You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should've behaved better.
Fonte: Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

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If you're going to tell people the truth, you'd better make them laugh. Otherwise, they'll kill you.
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Variante: You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.

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