We’ll always have to edit

          “No matter where we [are] in our writing careers, we’ll always have to edit. We’ll never become so good that we outgrow the need for it.”

–Jody Hedlund

Perfect time to write

“There is no perfect time to write. There’s only now.”

-Barbara Kingsolver

Polish and polish some more

          “I have come to accept the fact that I will never be done learning, and that committing to the time it takes to make things right is part of being a good writer. I want to be a great writer – that means making the effort to polish and polish some more.”

–Jan Cline

Warding off writing fears

“As children get older, they only get more intimidated by writing. You need to start at a young age.”

—Betty Rogers
2003 Teacher of the Year

Why do writers write?

“Why do writers write? Because it isn’t there.”

—Thomas Berger

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

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