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Anxious gatekeeping

Analogous to nervous cluelessness is something we might call “anxious gatekeeping.”   This is desire to police the borders of poetry, or of...

Maxims

Writing is hard, but the hardest part of writing is actually the easiest: sitting down to do it.

“We become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions.” --Aristotle

Do less, write more.

Festina lente.

A cluttered desk reflects a cluttered mind.

Festina lente.

Don't expect to get any work done on a blank page in an open space.

It takes hours, not weeks or months, to write. A paper, a book, or a dissertation: it makes no difference; hours, not weeks or months. Those who don't understand this ultimately take years.

Be brilliant.

Do not write so that you can be understood, but so that you cannot be misunderstood
--Epictetus

Fortune favors the prepared mind. --Louis Pasteur

To know whom to write for is to know how to write.
---Virginia Woolf

"La ciencia desdeña el poseedor avariento."
[Knowledge disdains the miserly owner."]
--Alonso de Cartagena

Don't fake out your reader: unlike the running back, the academic writer wants to be tackled.