Favorite Quotes

“Like the committed writer, the passionate writer is sure of herself. Not only that, she’s on fire with certainty. Ideas explode from her like hot spots from the sun. When she writes, she tears the paper with her enthusiasm.” — Judy Reeves

“Much of my writing is energized by unresolved memories – something like ghosts in the psychological sense.” — Joyce Carol Oates

“Keep a good heart. That’s the most important thing in your life. It’s not how much money you make or what you can acquire. The art of it is to keep a good heart.” — Joni Mitchell

“I don’t write for an audience. I write for myself. And if I imagine an audience at all, it’s the characters, but I know that I would keep writing even if no one ever published me again, even if no one ever read me again.” — Ursula Hegi

“I had something in my throat. It felt like I had swallowed the whole world.” —Frida Kahlo

“To be caught in a glut of dramatic episodes, to be ceaselessly participating, means among other things that one is unaware of that bigger drama of which human activity is but a small part. The act of writing puts a stop to one kind of activity in order to release another. When a monk, prayerfully meditating, walks slowly and silently down the hall of a temple, and thus sets in motion one prayer wheel after another, he gives a living illustration of the act of sitting down to write.” — Henry Miller

“I own my life. And only mine. And so I shall appreciate my person. And so I shall make proper use of myself.” — Ruth Beebe Hill

“A writer is someone on whom nothing is lost.” — Henry James

“This became a credo of mine: Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.” — Bette Davis

“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.” — Twyla Tharp

“I believe that in our constant search for security we can never gain any peace of mind until we secure our own soul.” — Margaret Chase Smith

“Just write the best you can about the things that concern you most. I never lose sight of the fact that just being is fun.” — Katherine Hepburn

“I always work better when I do not reason, when no question of right or wrong enter in,—when my pulse quickens to the form before me without hesitation nor calculation.” — Edward Weston, great American photographer

“We evolve only when we participate, not when we sit on the sidelines fearing inadequacy. And the more we act, the more wisdom, confidence, and excellence we receive. Trusting the process leads to peace and contentment. Release impatience. Dive in; you will rise to the top. Instead of focusing on the final product, ask yourself how you are becoming a better person by immersing in this divine process.” — Jill Badonsky

Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.” — Gene Fowler

“What a release to write so that one forgets oneself, forgets one’s companion, forgets where one is or what one is going to do next-to be drenched in work as one is drenched in sleep or in sea. Pencils and pads and curling blue sheets alive with letters heap on the desk.” — Anne Morrow Lindbergh