Many aspiring epic novelists surely wouldn’t mind writing like Leo Tolstoy . Here are some collections of advice from legendary Tolstoy.
$Wake at five o’clock
$Go to bed no later than ten o’clock
$Two hours permissible for sleeping during the day
$Avoid sweet foods
$Walk for an hour every day
$Visit a brothel only twice a month
$Love those to whom I could be of service
$Disregard all public opinion not based on reason
$Only do one thing at a time
$Disallow flights of imagination unless necessary
$Never to show emotion
$Stop caring about other people’s opinion of myself
$Do good things inconspicuously
$Keep away from women
$Suppress lust by working hard
$Help those less fortunate
$Remind nobody’s perfect.
$Don’t marry until you can tell yourself that you’ve done all you could, and until you’ve stopped loving the women you’ve chosen, until you see her clearly, otherwise you’ll be cruelly and irremediably mistaken. Marry when you’re old and good for nothing…Otherwise all that’s good and lofty in you will be lost.
$ When you criticize your work, always put yourself in the position of the most limited reader, who is looking only for entertainment in a book.
$The most interesting books are those in which the author pretends to hide his own opinion and yet remains faithful to it.
$When rereading and revising, do not think about what should be added (no matter how admirable the thoughts that come to mind) … but about how much can be taken away without distorting the overall meaning.
$ Change nothing in your style of living even if you become ten times richer
$ Always live less expensively than you might
$ Have a goal for your whole life, a goal for one section of your life, a goal for a shorter period and a goal for the year; a goal for every month, a goal for every week, a goal for every day, a goal for every hour and for evry minute, and sacrifice the lesser goal to the greater
$ Be good, but try to let no one know it
Will you accept these advices? Can you follow any one ever?