This wonderful post at 99%, is a must read.
Rainer Maria Rilke, considered the link between the traditional and modernist poets, was asked for creative counsel in 1903 by an inspiring writer and army lieutenant Franz Kappus. The collection of ten letters sent from Rilke, was released as ‘Letters to a Young Poet’.
Much of the advices mentioned in the letters hold true and even more relevant in these breakneck days. My favourite is Rilke’s pressing on the requirement of solitude for doing creative stuff: “What is necessary, after all, is only this: solitude, vast inner solitude. To walk inside yourself and meet no one for hours — that is what you must be able to attain.”
You can read the letters here.