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Zoom into Writing May-June 2020

Some inspiring words on writing from writers

1. “We read to know we are not alone.” ― C.S. Lewis, author

2. “You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.” ― Jodi Picoult

3. “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” ― Anton Chekhov

4. "If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that." --Stephen King

5. "If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." --Toni Morrison

6. "No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader." --Robert Frost

7. "A word after a word after a word is power." --Margaret Atwood

8. "I write to discover what I know." --Flannery O'Connor

9. "Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen." ― John Steinbeck

10. "You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different words on a page. Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write." --Annie Proulx

11. “Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”— Franz Kafka

12. "Remember that only you can write this book—no one else. Also, there is no such thing as perfection. If it helps, think of your stories as offspring. We don’t demand our children be completely flawless, right? No. We do the best we can by them. So… don’t panic. Give your stories existence. Work hard to shape them into their best possible selves. And love your time with them." Jennifer Ziegler, author and NaNoWriMo Counselor