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.

Writer’s Vision (Haiku Series #173)

Keeping It Simple

World’s complexity

Simplicity seeks appeal—

Enters writer’s mind

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Responding with Love

Each crafted arrow

Filling this writer’s quiver—

Lasting prose awaits

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Crafting Melody’s Sonnet

Enlightened verses

Expressions of flowing waves—

Poet captures life

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Nora Roberts Quotes

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Good fiction creates its own reality.

You can’t edit a blank page.

Nora Roberts (born 1950) is an American author who has written well over 200 romance novels.  She has also written under the pseudonyms of Jill March and Sarah Hardesty.

Christina Baldwin Quotes

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Writing bridges the inner and outer worlds and connects the paths of action and reflection.

Story is the mother of us all, for we become who we say we are.

Christina Baldwin (born 1946) is an American writer, teacher, and lecturer.  

Monday Memories: Fulfilling a Writer’s Fate

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Lying awake in bed, feeling ready to write

Morning light feeling much too bright


Searching in my head for ideas to write about

Will today’s words offer and deliver much clout?


Sitting, thinking, and sitting . . . nothing!

Why can’t my mind create something?


Perhaps more coffee will warm up my mind

Hoping that possible ideas may soon be mine


Do all writers usually feel this way?

With little or nothing to really say


Hunger offers quick, necessary break

Nutritious breakfast, now I will make


Finished eating and returning to my writing table

Satisfied appetite doesn’t make me anymore able


Struggling through another writer’s block

Tired eyes continue watching the ticking clock


Wow!  This short poem I now create

Finally, fulfilling my writer’s fate 


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Washington Irving Quotes

I consider a story merely as a frame on which to stretch my materials.

Honest good humor is the oil and wine of a merry meeting, and there is no jovial companionship equal to that where the jokes are rather small and laughter abundant.

Writing ‘the’ Book

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Writing becomes treasured hobby

Writing ‘the’ book, will anyone read?

Writing each hour, quitting day job

Writing chapters with epic speed


Waiting for magic, keyboard sleeps

Waiting for inspiration’s nudge

Waiting for publisher to call

Waiting for something bold, oh fudge!


Overlooking advice from friends

Overlooking cover’s design

Overlooking shrinking cash flow

Overlooking final deadline


Spending phantom cash, much too fast

Spending less and less time writing

Spending more and more time dreaming

Spending months on nothing exciting


Pushing aside all of these thoughts

Focusing on fresh start at hand

Crafting poetry, something new

Writing ‘the’ book, no longer planned


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Tahar Ben Jelloun Quotes

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Real friendship, like real poetry, is extremely rare–and precious as a pearl.

Poetry is a form of mathematics, a highly rigorous relationship with words.

Tahar Ben Jelloun is a Moroccan-born novelist and poet.  Living in Paris, his published works are written in French.  His writings have been honored with numerous awards, and he was nominated for a Noble Prize in Literature