Lifehack: read a whole fucking lot. Start early, as early as possible. Also watch a lot of movies. It doesn’t matter what kind, just watch them. TV shows too. And watch people – watch people, that’s important. Absorb stories like they are cotton candy and hot chocolate, like they are privileges. Read poets like Yeats and Chekhov, but also go to grocery stores and pick up a romance novel (the kind with the blonde-haired, blue-eyed beauty and the dark-haired, tan hero) and finish it sitting in the parking lot. Watch movies that make you cry and change something in you, but also watch Monty Python And The Holy Grail and a lot of superhero films and maybe some bad shoot-em-up Westerns. Watch humanity. Sit still for hours at a store or a school or a street corner and watch how beautiful and ugly and chaotic it is. Listen and, when someone says something so deeply and heart-achingly beautiful, write it down. Write it down, word for word, and remember that the woman behind the counter had a sparrow tattoo and there was a homeless man outside with sad eyes and buy him a drink. Buy him a drink and some food, and look him in the eye when you talk to him.
Lifehack: Talent comes from love and passion and observance and kindness. Do not hole yourself up in rooms, pulling meaningless words from dictionaries. There is poetry in the streets and in your blood – love so fiercely you fear you’ll break, then write it all down.
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