Writer’s Inspiration – Looking back

There’s a transcience to what we do as writers, and we do well when we try to embrace that instead of getting knocked off our feet when something goes amiss. And listen, when it’s all said and done: Forgive yourself.  (…) Regret, whether it’s professional or personal, is only useful if the lessons learned are applied to the here and now or plans for the future. 

– Daniel Menaker, editor at The New Yorker and executive editor at Random House.

from “Menaker’s Mistakes” by Rachel Estrada Ryan, Writer’s Digest, January 2014.