mount probability

It is your job, usually  through revision, to make the improbable credible and convincing. And from being credible and convincing, you must go on to make it inevitable.

– Stephen Koch, The Modern Library Writer’s Workshop

support

You will need to find and trust people — teachers, mentors, friends, spouses, partners, and lovers — who are unequivocally on your side. Not stupidly on your side, not uncritically. Unequivocally. Blind or uncritical support can only damage you. But you must have support, and it must be unfeigned.

– Stephen Koch, The Modern Library Writer’s Workshop