Julian Barnes Quotes

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In life, every ending is just the start of another story.

The writer must be universal in sympathy and an outcast by nature:  only then can he see clearly.

Julian Barnes (born 1946) is an English writer.  He has also written fictional crime dramas under the pseudonym of Dan Kavanagh.

O. Henry Quotes

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The true adventurer goes forth aimless and uncalculating to meet and greet unknown fate.

I’ll give you the whole secret to short story writing.  Here it is.  Rule 1:  Write stories that please yourself.  There is no Rule 2.

O. Henry, the pen name of William Henry Porter (1862-1910), was an American writer who mastered the art of crafting short stories.

Billy Collins Quotes

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While the novelist is banging on his typewriter, the poet is watching a fly in the windowpane.

The trouble with poetry is that it encourages the writing of more poetry.

Billy Collins (born 1941) is an American poet who served as America’s Poet Laureate from 2001 to 2003.  He has published several collections of his poetry.

Mary Roach Quotes

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A bright light at the end of a tunnel can seem warm and inviting, or it can seem mysterious and terrifying.

All good research–whether for science or for a book–is a form of obsession.

Mary Roach (born 1959) is an American author who specializes in writing with themes about science and humor.

Monday Memories: A Writer’s Way

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Discovering words with something to say

Penning poems and stories every day


Draining cups of coffee, right on cue

Feeling emptiness, like singing the blues


Holding on to thoughts, waiting to give birth

Sailing onward, words waiting to unearth


Painting with dazzling textures, shapes, and hues

Viewing sketches, filling these eyes with clues


Searching for future poems, like twinkling stars

Linking verses while traveling to Mars


Crafting words, really not science you see

Navigating this writer’s mind, feeling free


Seeking prose, lost deep in this writer’s soul

Uncovering a few, making each day full


Looking for stories, over each rainbow

Finding inspiring words, eager to flow


Drinking more coffee, than one should consume

Creating endless text, now ready to bloom


Grasping this pen, creating one more tune

Drafting a masterpiece, ready by Noon


Writing encounters monumental quests

Hoping these words will always pass all tests


Honoring these writing moments, so sweet

Dreaming of fashioning each splendid treat

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Susan Sontag Quotes

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The writer’s first job is not to have opinions but to tell the truth . . . and refuse to be an accomplice of lies and misinformation.

The fear of becoming old is born of the recognition that one is not living now the life that one wishes.

Susan Sontag (1933-2004) was an American writer, philosopher, and political activist.  Many of her works were published as essays.

Toni Morrison Quotes

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Make a difference about something other than yourselves.

If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it.

Ohio-born Toni Morrison (1931-2019) experienced the ultimate tributes given any novelist when she received the Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for her ground-breaking novel BELOVED and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993.  Her many awards and published works were a testament to her gifts as a writer.

Writin’ and Wonderin’

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Writin’ these silly words

Beginnin’ to brew smiles

Fillin’ summer’s catchwords

Drivin’ another mile


Farmin’ at Green Acres

Dreamin’ of somethin’ new

Watchin’ for rainmakers

Joinin’ this harvest crew


Drinkin’ up coffee’s vibes

Entertainin’ new thoughts

Takin’ what life prescribes

Tyin’ self up in knots


Washin’ up them dishes

Knowin’ life ain’t so great

Fishin’ for new wishes

Singin’ with cool George Strait


Thankin’ all for stayin’

Readin’ poetic rhyme

Goin’ without sayin’

Wonderin’ ‘bout next time


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Richard Ford Quotes

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Find what causes a commotion in your heart.  Find a way to write about that.

If you lose all hope, you can always find it again.

Richard Ford (born 1944) is an American novelist and short story writer.  In 1996, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction from his book, INDEPENDENCE DAY.

Ralph Ellison Quotes

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The act of writing requires a constant plunging back into the shadow of the past where time hovers ghostlike.

Good fiction is made of that which is real, and reality is difficult to come by.

Ralph Ellison (1914-1994) was an American author who is best known for INVISIBLE MAN, which earned a National Book Award in 1953.