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Making a home for oneself

“One writes to make a home for oneself, on paper, in time and in others’ minds.”

Alfred Kazin

Photo courtesy of Susan Gibson © 2009. Used with permission.

Write bravely

“Whether or not you write well, write bravely.”

—Bill Stout

The reality

Businessman typing

“You will be judged, for your entire life, on the basis of how well you write. If you write well, people will think you are smart. If you write poorly, they will think you are dumb. That is perhaps unfair, but it is the reality, and you might as well face it now.”

–Robert Pasnau

Better to write twaddle…


“Looking back, I imagine I was always writing. Twaddle it was too. But better far write twaddle or anything, anything, than nothing at all.”

—Katherine Mansfield

Finger posts

Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.

—C. S. Lewis

Word pictures

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” 

—Anton Chekhov

You must write it

     “If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” 

—Toni Morrison



Image: Kevin Dooley under Creative Commons license   

A miraculous feeling of words

“The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible.”

—Vladimir Nabakov


On revising

“I’m not a very good writer, but I’m an excellent rewriter.”

—James Michener

Photo: Phil Hilfiker / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

A process of discovery

Writing became such a process of discovery that I couldn’t wait to get to work in the morning: I wanted to know what I was going to say. “

—Sharon O’Brien

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