You must remember all that happens.
You must be succinct.
You must write of abandoned cities and forgotten faiths.
You must be inclusive.
You must exclude all of those things that do not thematically align.
You must survive.
You must read.
You must continue on in the face of adversity.
You must approach the ordinary with spectacular enthusiasm.
You must be subdued in your walk and exhilarated in your mind.
You must attend to the Permanent fixtures of culture.
You must forget nations, languages, allegiances, alliances, truces, in the pursuit of truth.
You must acknowledge the binding forces and focus solely on them. They are:
You must be open to all things.
You must love life more than anything else.
You must be willing to subsume yourself.
You must recognise that the book is more important than you.
You must remember that nobody cares about anything other than the words you write.
You must remember that you will be judged on results.
You must continue on over all adversity, over all pomp, over all ceremony.
You must be honest, and determine what that honesty is.
You must never allow small weaknesses to become large failures.
You must eschew sloth.
You must always write by hand.
You must not forget your own past.
You must not succumb to nostalgia.
You must write.
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The above piece of writing comprises part of my fragments project, some of which are available on this website. I intend to add new fragments piecemeal, not in any particular order, and as the occasion take me.