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Quote of the Month

July

“Who wants to be a writer? And why? Because it’s the answer to everything… It’s the stream-reason for living. To note, to pin down, to build up, to create, to be astonished at nothing, to cherish the oddities, to let nothing go down the drain, to make something, to make a great flower out of life, even if it’s a cactus.” ~ Enid Bagnold

June

A well-composed book is a magic carpet on which we are wafted to a world that we cannot enter in any other way.”~ Caroline Gordon

May

“And by the way, everything in life is writable if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” ~ Sylvia Plath

April

“To write something you have to risk making a fool of yourself.” ~ Anne Rice

March

“Don’t tell me the moon is shinning; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” ~ Anton Chekhov

February

“Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.” ~ Virginia Woolf

January

“Life can’t ever really defeat a writer who is in love with writing, for life itself is a writer’s lover until death — fascinating, cruel, lavish, warm, cold, treacherous, constant.” ~Edna Ferber, A Kind of Magic, 1963

December

“Fiction is the truth inside the lie.” ~ Stephen King

November

“Know your literary tradition, savor it, steal from it, but when you sit down to write, forget about worshiping greatness and fetishizing masterpieces.”
~ Allegra Goodmanq

October

“Let the world burn through you. Throw the prism light, white hot, on paper.” ~ Ray Bradbury

September

“The story that I am writing exists, written in absolutely perfect fashion, some place, in the air. All I must do is find it, and copy it.” ~ Jules Renard

August

“Ink and paper are sometimes passionate lovers, oftentimes brother and sister, and occasionally mortal enemies.” ~ Terri Guillemets

July

“The true alchemists do not turn lead into gold; they turn the world into words.” ~ William H. Glass

June

“I would hurl words into this darkness and wait for an echo, and if an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight, to create a sense of hunger for life that gnaws in us all.” ~Richard Wright

May

“Words can light fires in the hearts of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.” ~ Patrick Rothfuss

April

“There is something delicious about the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you.” ~ Beatrix Potter

March

“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.” ~ Earnest Hemingway

February

“The first draft of anything is shit.” ~ Ernest Hemingway

January

“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.” ~ Virginia Woolf

December

“I’m writing a first draft and reminding myself that I’m simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.” ~ Shannon Hale

November

Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possible can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.” ~ Kurt Vonnegut

October

When writing a novel, that’s pretty much entirely what life turns into: ‘House burned down. Car stolen. Cat exploded. Did 1500 easy words, so all in all it was a pretty good day.” ~ Neil Gaiman

September

A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end… but not necessarily in that order.” ~ Jean Luc Godard

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