CLEVER QUOTES


"Look for the dream that keeps coming back. It is your destiny." Unknown-----------------------

"I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart." Vincent Van Gogh--------------------------

“Go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make sure your soul grows, 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 possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.” Kurt Vonnegut-----------------------------------------
"I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things  I'm afraid of." Joss Whedon----------------------------------------------------------------

"Writing is the only thing that when I do it, I don't feel I should be doing something else.”
-Gloria Steinem ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

“Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.” Isaac Asimov ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
"It's almost as if the bible was written by racist, sexist, homophobic, violent, sexually frustrated men, instead of a loving god. Weird." Ricky Gervais----------------------------------------------

Hemingway's reply when asked if there were symbols in his fiction:
“I suppose there are symbols since critics keep finding them. If you do not mind I dislike talking about them and being questioned about them. It is hard enough to write books and stories without being asked to explain them as well. Also it deprives the explainers of work. If five or six or more good explainers can keep going why should I interfere with them? Read anything I write for the pleasure of reading it. Whatever else you find will be the measure of what you brought to the reading.” --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

"You were WILD once. Never let them tame you." Isadora Duncan-------------------------

"The cure for anything is salt water; sweat, tears or the sea." Isak Dinesen-------------------

"We all have flaws. They do not define you. Trying to get rid of them takes your mental energy away from the far more important task of being awesome." – Amber Rogers (from Taking Up Space)------------- 
"I solemnly swear I'm up to no good." map from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

"It's going to be a bumpy ride." (Jamaican accent) shrunken head - from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling ----------------------------------------------------------------------

"It was rather beautiful: the way he put her insecurities to sleep. The way he dove into her eyes and starved all the fears and tasted all the dreams she kept coiled beneath her bones."Christopher Poindexter-------

"She wasn't doing a thing that I could see, except standing there, leaning on the balcony railing, holding the universe together." J. D. Salinger --------------------------------------------------------------------

"Billy goats," said Theodosia. "Men who posture and prance and try to intimidate." Laura Childs from Sweet Tea Revenge---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

"all great changes are preceded by chaos" unknown ----------------------------------------------


“I was brought up an atheist and have always remained so. But at no time was I lead to believe that morality was unimportant or that good and bad did not exist. I believe passionately in the need to distinguish between right and wrong and am somewhat confounded by being told I need god, Jesus or a clergyman to help me to do so.” Nigella Lawson--------------------------------------------------------------------




“I am not an atheist by choice;  I am a seeker of truth. Being an atheist is a side effect of that endeavor.” JD Stockman----------------------------------------------------------------------------
  

"It has always been something of a mystery to me that intelligent, educated men and women – as well as the uneducated – can “have faith” in an invisible an non-existent god. Why, instead, is humanism not the preeminent belief of humankind? Why don’t humans place their belief in reason and in the strategies of skepticism and doubt, and refuse to concede to “traditional” customs, religious convictions and superstitions?” Joyce Carol Oates 2007 Humanist of the Year-----------------------------------
  
"You cannot walk straight when the road bends." Romani saying------------------------------

"I am by nature a dealer in words, and words are the most powerful drug known to humanity." Rudyard Kipling---------------------------------------------------------------------------------

"I certainly don't enjoy writing. I get a fine warm feeling when I'm doing well, but that pleasure is pretty much negated by the pain of getting started each day. Let's face it - writing is hell." William Styron; late great best-selling author of many books including Sophie's Choice-------------

"Do they sense it, these dead writers, when their books are read? Does a pinprick of light appear in their darkness? Is their soul stirred by the feather touch of another mind reading theirs? I do hope so." Diane Setterfield----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

"Writing is rewriting. Even after you've gotten an agent and an editor, you'll have to rewrite. If you fall in love with the vision you want of your work and not your words, the rewriting will become easier." Nora DeLoach---------------------------------------------------------------------------------

"Had I not created my whole world, I certainly would have died in other people's." Anais Nin---
"Writers do not live one life, they live two. There is the living and then there is the writing. There is the second tasting, the delayed reaction." Anais Nin---------------------------------------------

"Write drunk; edit sober." Ernest Hemingway------------------------------------------------

"It is the mark of an educated mind to entertain a thought without accepting it." Aristotle..............

“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.”  ― Nora Ephron--------------------------------

"The fairies ask you to honor your inner feelings by taking at least one step today in the direction of making your dreams and desires a reality. Fearlessly take one step to dismantle any part of your life that is out of integrity. Take another step toward realizing your heart’s desire. Even a tiny step that is remotely related to improving your life will make you feel that you are soaring with the fairy realm." Healing With The Fairies Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue-------------------------------------------------- 

”The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things… The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice versa, the bad things don’t necessarily spoil the good things, and make them unimportant.” Doctor Who----------------------------------------------------------------------

A flow state is when you're fully present in the moment you're in, focused and concentrating, but also energized. Wikipedia says "In flow, the emotions are not just contained and channeled, but positive, energized, and aligned with the task at hand." Sarah Wynde of Wynded Words ----------------------

"You don't forgive a snake for being a snake, do you? You just recognize them for what they are, and then give them a wide berth." from Crazy Little Thing Called Dead by Kate George----------------

"Why include a scene unless it changes a character in some way?" Donald Maass on Writer Unboxed--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

"Mad freedom of working according to whim. I believe deeply in the writer's need to follow whim. I believe we are currently in a period of Diverse Maniere in the publishing industry, in point of fact, and I love finding myself wriitng in this era of blurred genre boundaries. " Julianna Baggott / Bridget Asher---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

"For each book one of the first things I do is start a character journal for the protagonist. I jot down snippets and bits of what I think I know about them, then expound on that." R. L. La Fevers (Robin)----------------

“The act of writing is an act of courage, not because of all the industry rejection that awaits, but because we are daring to step more fully into the very essence of who we are as people, and that is a scary, scary thing. No more masks, no more pretend, no more fa├žade. Just us and those things we find of vital importance.”
Robin R. L. La Fevers-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

"story arc." Robert McKee has written a book called Story for screenwriters, but we're using his book to help us learn structure. And *his* theory is that each little scene should flip from a positive state to a negative state, and wind up with an overall arc that is not only the opposite of the beginning, but IRREVOCABLE. There's no going back." Micki from chocolate writers---------------------------------------------------


" Re-examine all you have been told in school or church or in any book, and dismiss whatever insults your own soul." Walt Whitman, preface to Leaves of Grass---------------------------------------------------

To avoid writing books that bore because something needs to happen:
“The antidote…is change…Gripping change is change that happens within...we mark our personal progress and measure our inner time…in rough periods like “the bikini summer”, “my first marriage”, “when I was unemployed”, or “after Dad died”… In terms of novel construction that means capturing Inner change as it happens scene by scene. Why include a scene unless it changes a character in some way?...Plot is interesting but it’s the unfolding inner conflicts of characters that grips emotionally…The easiest way to insure inner change occurs in a scene is to define for yourself both the scene’s turning point (the moment when things actually change) and the inner turning point (the accompanying change inside your character). The inner turning point can be as small as an insight or as earth shaking as a change in self-perception….What changes in this scene? When precisely does it change? Heighten the trigger and mark the response. If you write warmly (writing out emotions) then make your character respond with an action. If you write coolly (think Hemingway) then capture the shift not through an outward action or evocative images but with words alone…It’s the intangible inner event that will most palpably move your story forward one step.”
Donald Maass on Writer Unboxed. To read the whole blogpost go here.
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What John Vorhaus said:
“Burdened by the unrealistic expectation of all quality all the time, we often find that we just can’t write at all."
What Sia McKye said:
“I think what John said is dead on and once you realize the impossibility of being good with every word or scene it does free you to just write. What the hell, you're going to have to edit it anyway but you can't edit what’s not down on paper, or erm, the computer screen.”
What J,J,J got from this:
Stop worrying about quality cause you’ll have to edit anyway and you can’t edit what’s not written; so write.
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“…to me “plot” is just a tool for revealing character. I can’t really separate them…Anyway, since plot is just, basically, what a character does, and a character has to do something in order to exist … well, neither can exist in a vacuum. For me, anyway. As the character grows, so grows the plot, and vice-versa.” Linda Grimes----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

“Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity." Robert Heinlein------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

"Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don't see any." Orson Scott Card-------------------------------------------------

"I'm just an emotional whoopee cushion for you to sit on." King Julien - Madagascar 3
"Grab your ladders and drain your bladders." Skipper - Madagascar 3---------------------------------------

 "And I heard your voice
As clear as day
And you told me I should concentrate
It was all so strange
And so surreal
That a ghost should be so practical
Only if for a night" lyrics from Florence and the Machine song Only If For A Night --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

“No, this is a whisper, a feeling, a nagging. It’s amorphous and when you try and look directly at it it slides away into a different hidy hole. It whispers, so low you can barely hear it “this discomfort will never end. That thing you really want? It will never happen. No one will help you. You don’t have time. You’re not good enough. Your family thinks you’re stupid.” But mostly, “you’re trapped. you’re trapped. you’re trapped.” Over and over again. It wears you down. It feeds the discomfort in your belly and spins your head until you can’t think straight.” Kate George-----------------------------

Stephen King on writing: "Stopping a piece of work just because it's hard, either emotionally or imaginatively, is a bad idea. Sometimes you need to go on when you don't feel like it, and sometimes  you're doing good work when it feels like all you're managing is to shovel shit from a sitting position."-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

From this blogpost by Jennifer Crusie about trouble writing a scene:
"Who ARE these people?

...to dwell not only on where they were coming from but where they were going... (how these characters were going to pay off in later books.)
...all characters were coming from somewhere when they walked on the stage and were going somewhere else when they left the stage and the actor needed to know that. Since writing is like acting except you get to play all the parts, this is crucial in scenes, too."------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

"But then I remembered what a contrary bastard FATE is." Marian Keyes

"If you prick me do I not bleed? If you stick a gorgeous man under my nose, do I
not want to rip the clothes off him?" Marian Keyes

"I wasn't one of those lucky people (although I just think they're weird) who
get great joy from their jobs." Marian Keyes

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"Stuff your eyes with wonder. Live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made up or paid for in factories." From Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury RIP
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"You can never be successful enough to feed the yawning mouth of American expectation. You can never get far enough ahead to rest easy." Barbara Samuel O'Neal-----------------------------------------

Jennifer Crusie in this  blogpost

“…sometimes people coast on delightful characters and how much fun the romance is, and forget that there has to be something underneath there. Not theme, that just gets in the way, it has to emerge organically, but solid story, somebody in trouble fighting back. I think the great stories of the world all have that…The best of all possible worlds is beautiful writing AND story, but I think if you can only do one, it’s story.” -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
“Everything in my life is filtered through my writing. There is no me without it.”  Anne Stuart------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

“Well, the first draft is for you, and a lot of writers stop there, especially beginning writers. The first draft is where you indulge yourself and the second draft is where you clean the place up and set out the buffet and welcome people in.” Jenny Crusie--------------------------------------------------------------

"Why should you be surprised that Romney speaks with a forked tongue? He just sees the rest of us as little people who are not smart enough to earn the big bucks." German Chocolate Betty-------------

“Because the universe bends towards justice.”
“The arc of the universe is a long one but it bends towards justice.” Parker
“The universe is on our side.”
“If we fight for what we believe in, the universe will put its thumb on our side of the scale.”  Character Oliver from Wild Ride by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer-------------------------------------

"As for my writing process...well, I like to think of it as interactive reading. I pretend I'm reading a book that has me excited to turn the page, and then just fill in what I'd love to see happen next. The best part is, I'm the boss!" Linda Grimes--------------------------------------------------------------------------

"Social media isn't about selling. It's not about self-promotion. It's about forging connections and trusting that the rest will happen naturally." Tawna Fenske---------------------------------------------------

"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma -- which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intution. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
- Steve Jobs, may he rest in peace. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

"Circumstances arose and forced compelling insights regarding discretion and valour." Captain Jack Sparrow
"Meaning you gave up." First Mate Gibbs----------------------------------------------------------------------

“On the other hand, this was also the hardest book I’ve ever written. I missed my deadline, I gained ten pounds, and I despaired on a regular basis. A friend of mine told me that the best writing advice he’d ever gotten was that if the book you’re writing isn’t beyond your capabilities, you’re not writing the right book. I was definitely writing the right book.”
Jennifer Crusie (talking about one of my favorites - Tell Me Lies)---------------------------------------------
“I don’t believe that just because ideas are tenacious that they’re worthy.” Tim Minichin lyrics from White Wine In The Sun--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Robena @ Cherry Forums talking about
Editor, Cheryl B. Klein's book Second Sight
Her idea of a turning point is that it is the idea or experience that the novel is built to convey. She says there are two points, one the emotional point, and two the thematic point… She advises you complete the following two sentences:
My emotional point is....
My thematic point is....
I've always used Jenny's idea: blank...leads to...blank for theme…
my emotional point is connection, my thematic point is, change leads to emotional growth."-------------
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Pink Fuzzy Slippers  interview Debra Dixon, author, publisher:
What makes you fall in love with a submission and want to see more?
Voice. Voice. Voice. A great concept or story will make me look, but if the voice isn’t there I just can’t force myself to wade through a competent book.... I will tell you that if you do it well enough, you can do anything you want. I recently requested a book that was 1) excessively long, 2) wrong for us, and 3) the protagonist doesn’t survive the book. I looked at that book proposal 5 times and each time I couldn’t bring myself to decline. So, I finally asked for the full manuscript. Will we buy it? I don’t know. But voice, mastery, and concept together will make an editor break every rule they have.------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


"They were the points where, if the protagonist made a different choice, the whole story would change trajectory. Does he kiss the girl or stay "just friends"? Does she run or does she fight? Any time you have a question like this, one that the answer will significantly change subsequent events, there's your turning point." Delia Moran ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

"...resistance is the sure way to see something echo through you forever, but dwelling is equally damaging." The Goddesses of Kitchen Avenue - Barbara Samuel----------------------------------------

"3. Play your music on repeat, with the volume loud enough to drown out your internal editor but not so loud you can’t think at all. You’ll know you’ve got the right volume setting when the writing starts to flow." Liz Pelletier (from How to Turn Off Your Internal Editor, a mini lesson from Savvy Author Bootcamp)