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Advice To A Young Author

     First begin
     Taking in.
     Cargo stored,
     All aboard,
     Think about
     Giving out.
     Empty ship,
     Useless trip!

     Never strain
     Weary brain,
     Hardly fit,
     Wait a bit!
     After rest
     Comes the best.

     Sitting still,
     Let it fill;
     Never press;
     Nerve stress
     Always shows.
     Nature knows.

     Critics kind,
     Never mind!
     Critics flatter,
     No matter!
     Critics curse,
     None the worse.
     Critics blame,
     All the same!
     Do your best.
     Hang the rest!

Arthur Conan Doyle