Novelists Do Not Write As Birds Sing

Novelists do not write as birds sing, by the push of nature. It is part of the job that there should be much routine and some daily stuff on the level of carpentry.

Goodreads.com. (2019). William Golding Quotes (Author of Lord of the Flies). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/306.William_Golding [Accessed 19 Sep. 2019].
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Forget What You Meant Once You’ve Written It

The writer probably knows what he meant when he wrote a book, but he should immediately forget what he meant when he’s written it.

Goodreads.com. (2019). William Golding Quotes (Author of Lord of the Flies). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/306.William_Golding [Accessed 19 Sep. 2019].

Be Present In You Discipline

Be more than ready. Be present in your discipline. Remember your gift. Be grateful for your gift and treat it like a gift. Cherish it, take care of it, and pass it on. Use your time to bathe yourself in that gift.

Goodreads.com. (2019). Anna Deavere Smith Quotes (Author of Twilight). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/13228.Anna_Deavere_Smith [Accessed 18 Sep. 2019].

The Writer’s Oath

The Writer’s Oath
I promise solemnly:
1. to write as often and as much as I can,
2. to respect my writing self, and
3. to nurture the writing of others.
I accept these responsibilities and shall honour them always.

Goodreads.com. (2019). Gail Carson Levine Quotes (Author of Ella Enchanted). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/13677.Gail_Carson_Levine [Accessed 17 Sep. 2019].

Your Obligation Is To Write

Know that you are a writer and your obligation, possibly your calling, is to write. Writing is your fallback position. As much as you can, avoid judging your work. When you find yourself doing it, shift your thoughts elsewhere.

— Gail Carson Levine, American Writer.

Goodreads.com. (2019). Gail Carson Levine Quotes (Author of Ella Enchanted). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/13677.Gail_Carson_Levine [Accessed 17 Sep. 2019].

Words Are A Bad Family

Books are a bad family – there are those you love, and those you are indifferent to; idiots and mad cousins who you would banish except others enjoy their company; wrongheaded but fascinating eccentrics and dreamy geniuses; orphaned grandchildren; and endless brothers-in-law simply taking up space who you wish you could send straight to hell. Except you can’t, for the most part. You must house them and make them comfortable and worry about them when they go on trips and there is never enough room.

— Elizabeth McCracken, American writer.

Goodreads.com. (2019). Elizabeth McCracken Quotes (Author of The Giant’s House). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/73450.Elizabeth_McCracken [Accessed 16 Sep. 2019].

Stories Can Be Used To Empower And Humanize

Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower, and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people. But stories can also repair that broken dignity.

— Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nigerian writer.

Goodreads.com. (2019). Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Quotes (Author of Americanah). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/11291.Chimamanda_Ngozi_Adichie [Accessed 15 Sep. 2019].