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Happy Birthday, Anna Deavere Smith, born 18 September 1950
10 Quotes
Each person has a literature inside them.
You are an explorer. You understand that every time you go into the studio, you are after something that does not yet exist.
Discipline — both mental and physical — is crucial.
Artists are the people that no matter what, pick up the pen, pick up a paintbrush. They take the time to translate what is happening to create something that resonates deeply with the rest of the people that are caught in the middle of their own reality.
Learning is a tunnel experience that makes us think more broadly.
We spend so much time bantering about the words when the real open conversations might very well be our actions. I worry about our rhetoric.
Even jealousy is based on fantasies: a fantasy that someone else has what belongs to you.
I am interested in personal stories because that’s when people become expressive, spontaneous and heartfelt.
You can teach technical things. You can teach people critical facilities. You can give them techniques. You can teach discipline. And you can teach them about the business. So, yes, I think there’s quite a lot that we can teach.
You know, interesting minds usually do hold more than one idea at a time.
Deavere Smith is an American playwright, professor, and actor.  She is also the author of Letters to a Young Artist: Straight-up Advice on Making a Life in the Arts – For Actors, Performers, Writers, and Artists of Every Kind
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Happy Birthday, Anna Deavere Smith, born 18 September 1950

10 Quotes

  1. Each person has a literature inside them.
  2. You are an explorer. You understand that every time you go into the studio, you are after something that does not yet exist.
  3. Discipline — both mental and physical — is crucial.
  4. Artists are the people that no matter what, pick up the pen, pick up a paintbrush. They take the time to translate what is happening to create something that resonates deeply with the rest of the people that are caught in the middle of their own reality.
  5. Learning is a tunnel experience that makes us think more broadly.
  6. We spend so much time bantering about the words when the real open conversations might very well be our actions. I worry about our rhetoric.
  7. Even jealousy is based on fantasies: a fantasy that someone else has what belongs to you.
  8. I am interested in personal stories because that’s when people become expressive, spontaneous and heartfelt.
  9. You can teach technical things. You can teach people critical facilities. You can give them techniques. You can teach discipline. And you can teach them about the business. So, yes, I think there’s quite a lot that we can teach.
  10. You know, interesting minds usually do hold more than one idea at a time.

Deavere Smith is an American playwright, professor, and actor.  She is also the author of Letters to a Young Artist: Straight-up Advice on Making a Life in the Arts – For Actors, Performers, Writers, and Artists of Every Kind

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#Anna Deavere Smith  #Literary Birthday  #Amanda Patterson 
Happy Birthday, Gail Carson Levine, born 17 September 1947
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.
10 Quotes
Establish writing habits, whatever they are, a particular time to write, a number of pages that have to be written, a time goal. If you choose my method, the time goal, write it down as you go. Don’t let it be vague.
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. 
There’s nothing wrong with reading a book you love over and over. When you do, the words get inside you, become a part of you, in a way that words in a book you’ve read only once can’t.
A library is infinity under a roof.
Why do you keep reading a book? Usually to find out what happens. Why do you give up and stop reading it? There may be lots of reasons. But often the answer is you don’t care what happens. So what makes the difference between caring and not caring? The author’s cruelty. And the reader’s sympathy … it takes a mean author to write a good story.
It is helpful to know the proper way to behave, so one can decide whether or not to be proper.
When you become a teenager, you step onto a bridge. You may already be on it. The opposite shore is adulthood. Childhood lies behind. The bridge is made of wood. As you cross, it burns behind you.
As for my characters, I discover them as I write. When they feel blank I use the character questionnaire you can find in Writing Magic. The one thing I do do is visualize. I need to see my characters moving through a scene, to know where they are and what they’re seeing, hearing, touching, smelling.
When I write, I make discoveries about my feelings.
The reason I work anywhere is because I trained myself to be able to many years ago after reading Becoming A Writer  by Dorothea Brande. I travel a fair amount, and I don’t want my work to grind to a halt whenever I leave home. People who can  write only when the moon is full and the stars are in a certain alignment don’t finish many books. 
Read more on Gail’s Blog
Levine is an American author of young adult books. Her first novel, Ella Enchanted, received a Newbery Honour.
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Happy Birthday, Gail Carson Levine, born 17 September 1947

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.

10 Quotes

  1. Establish writing habits, whatever they are, a particular time to write, a number of pages that have to be written, a time goal. If you choose my method, the time goal, write it down as you go. Don’t let it be vague.
  2. 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. 
  3. There’s nothing wrong with reading a book you love over and over. When you do, the words get inside you, become a part of you, in a way that words in a book you’ve read only once can’t.
  4. A library is infinity under a roof.
  5. Why do you keep reading a book? Usually to find out what happens. Why do you give up and stop reading it? There may be lots of reasons. But often the answer is you don’t care what happens. So what makes the difference between caring and not caring? The author’s cruelty. And the reader’s sympathy … it takes a mean author to write a good story.
  6. It is helpful to know the proper way to behave, so one can decide whether or not to be proper.
  7. When you become a teenager, you step onto a bridge. You may already be on it. The opposite shore is adulthood. Childhood lies behind. The bridge is made of wood. As you cross, it burns behind you.
  8. As for my characters, I discover them as I write. When they feel blank I use the character questionnaire you can find in Writing Magic. The one thing I do do is visualize. I need to see my characters moving through a scene, to know where they are and what they’re seeing, hearing, touching, smelling.
  9. When I write, I make discoveries about my feelings.
  10. The reason I work anywhere is because I trained myself to be able to many years ago after reading Becoming A Writer  by Dorothea Brande. I travel a fair amount, and I don’t want my work to grind to a halt whenever I leave home. People who can  write only when the moon is full and the stars are in a certain alignment don’t finish many books. 

Read more on Gail’s Blog

Levine is an American author of young adult books. Her first novel, Ella Enchanted, received a Newbery Honour.

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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

— 1 day ago with 120 notes
#Gail Carson Levine  #Literary Birthday  #Amanda Patterson 
Literary Birthday - 17 September
Happy Birthday, William Carlos Williams, born 17 September 1883, died 4 March 1963
Nine Quotes
My first poem was a bolt from the blue … it broke a spell of disillusion and suicidal despondence. … it filled me with soul satisfying joy.
In description words adhere to certain objects, and have the effect on the sense of oysters, or barnacles.
If they give you lined paper, write the other way.
One thing I am convinced more and more is true and that is this: the only way to be truly happy is to make others happy. When you realize that and take advantage of the fact, everything is made perfect.
The job of the poet is to use language effectively, his own language, the only language which is to him authentic.
I keep writing largely because I get a satisfaction from it which can’t be duplicated elsewhere. It fills the moments which otherwise are either terrifying or depressed. 
I think all writing is a disease. You can’t stop it.
But all art is sensual and poetry particularly so. It is directly, that is, of the senses, and since the senses do not exist without an object for their employment all art is necessarily objective. It doesn’t declaim or explain, it presents.
Poets are damned but they are not blind, they see with the eyes of angels.
Williams was an American poet closely associated with modernism and imagism. He was also a paediatrician. Williams, ‘worked harder at being a writer than he did at being a physician’, but excelled at both.
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Literary Birthday - 17 September

Happy Birthday, William Carlos Williams, born 17 September 1883, died 4 March 1963

Nine Quotes

  1. My first poem was a bolt from the blue … it broke a spell of disillusion and suicidal despondence. … it filled me with soul satisfying joy.
  2. In description words adhere to certain objects, and have the effect on the sense of oysters, or barnacles.
  3. If they give you lined paper, write the other way.
  4. One thing I am convinced more and more is true and that is this: the only way to be truly happy is to make others happy. When you realize that and take advantage of the fact, everything is made perfect.
  5. The job of the poet is to use language effectively, his own language, the only language which is to him authentic.
  6. I keep writing largely because I get a satisfaction from it which can’t be duplicated elsewhere. It fills the moments which otherwise are either terrifying or depressed. 
  7. I think all writing is a disease. You can’t stop it.
  8. But all art is sensual and poetry particularly so. It is directly, that is, of the senses, and since the senses do not exist without an object for their employment all art is necessarily objective. It doesn’t declaim or explain, it presents.
  9. Poets are damned but they are not blind, they see with the eyes of angels.

Williams was an American poet closely associated with modernism and imagism. He was also a paediatrician. Williams, ‘worked harder at being a writer than he did at being a physician’, but excelled at both.

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— 1 day ago with 57 notes
#william carlos williams  #lit  #literary birthday  #amanda patterson  #writers write 
Happy Birthday, John Knowles, born 16 September 1926, died 29 November 2001
Six Quotes
Nothing endures. Not a tree. Not love. Not even death by violence.
It is a sad day when one looks back and sees that his largest regrets have become some of the most integral elements of his dreams.
There was no harm in taking aim, even if the target was a dream.
You have to do what you think is the right thing, but just make sure it’s the right thing in the long run, and not just for the moment.
Everything has to evolve or else it perishes.
In life, it’s the look ahead that counts. We are all born equally far from the sun. There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love.
Knowles was an American novelist who won the William Faulkner Award and the Rosenthal Award of the National Institute of Arts and Letters. He was best known for A Separate Peace. 
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Happy Birthday, John Knowles, born 16 September 1926, died 29 November 2001

Six Quotes

  1. Nothing endures. Not a tree. Not love. Not even death by violence.
  2. It is a sad day when one looks back and sees that his largest regrets have become some of the most integral elements of his dreams.
  3. There was no harm in taking aim, even if the target was a dream.
  4. You have to do what you think is the right thing, but just make sure it’s the right thing in the long run, and not just for the moment.
  5. Everything has to evolve or else it perishes.
  6. In life, it’s the look ahead that counts. We are all born equally far from the sun. There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love.

Knowles was an American novelist who won the William Faulkner Award and the Rosenthal Award of the National Institute of Arts and Letters. He was best known for A Separate Peace

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— 2 days ago with 33 notes
#John Knowles  #Amanda Patterson  #Literary Birthday 
Happy Birthday, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, born 15 September 1977
12 Quotes
I think you travel to search and you come back home to find yourself there.
I have been writing since I was old enough to spell. I have never considered not writing.
The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.
Of course I am not worried about intimidating men. The type of man who will be intimidated by me is exactly the type of man I have no interest in.
Racism should never have happened and so you don’t get a cookie for reducing it.
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.
If you don’t understand, ask questions. If you’re uncomfortable about asking questions, say you are uncomfortable about asking questions and then ask anyway.
Because of writers like Chinua Achebe and Camara Laye … I realized that people like me, girls with skin the colour of chocolate, whose kinky hair could not form ponytails, could also exist in literature.
You can’t write a script in your mind and then force yourself to follow it. You have to let yourself be.
The best novels are those that are important without being like medicine; they have something to say, are expansive and intelligent but never forget to be entertaining and to have character and emotion at their centre.
I write from real life. I am an unrepentant eavesdropper and a collector of stories. I record bits of overheard dialogue.
Our histories cling to us. We are shaped by where we come from.
Adichie is a Nigerian writer. Her best known novels are Purple Hibiscus, Half of a Yellow Sun, and Americanah.
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Happy Birthday, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, born 15 September 1977

12 Quotes

  1. I think you travel to search and you come back home to find yourself there.
  2. I have been writing since I was old enough to spell. I have never considered not writing.
  3. The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.
  4. Of course I am not worried about intimidating men. The type of man who will be intimidated by me is exactly the type of man I have no interest in.
  5. Racism should never have happened and so you don’t get a cookie for reducing it.
  6. 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.
  7. If you don’t understand, ask questions. If you’re uncomfortable about asking questions, say you are uncomfortable about asking questions and then ask anyway.
  8. Because of writers like Chinua Achebe and Camara Laye … I realized that people like me, girls with skin the colour of chocolate, whose kinky hair could not form ponytails, could also exist in literature.
  9. You can’t write a script in your mind and then force yourself to follow it. You have to let yourself be.
  10. The best novels are those that are important without being like medicine; they have something to say, are expansive and intelligent but never forget to be entertaining and to have character and emotion at their centre.
  11. I write from real life. I am an unrepentant eavesdropper and a collector of stories. I record bits of overheard dialogue.
  12. Our histories cling to us. We are shaped by where we come from.

Adichie is a Nigerian writer. Her best known novels are Purple Hibiscus, Half of a Yellow Sun, and Americanah.

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— 3 days ago with 2161 notes
#Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie  #Amanda Patterson  #Literary Birthday 
Happy Birthday, Jean Renoir, born 15 September 1894, died 12 February 1979
Seven Quotes
The truly terrible thing is that everybody has their reasons.
All great art is abstract.
The average object in highly technological eras is ugly. Only the great artists are the exceptions. We live in an era in which one must be a great artist or nothing.
Is it possible to succeed without any act of betrayal?
A director makes only one movie in his life. Then he breaks it into pieces and makes it again.
The foundation of all civilization is loitering.
My dream is of a craftsman’s cinema in which the author can express himself as directly as the painter in his paintings or the writer in his books.
Renoir was a French film director, screenwriter, actor, producer and author. As a director and actor, he made more than forty films. As an author, he wrote the definitive biography of his father, the painter, Renoir, My Father. 
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Happy Birthday, Jean Renoir, born 15 September 1894, died 12 February 1979

Seven Quotes

  1. The truly terrible thing is that everybody has their reasons.
  2. All great art is abstract.
  3. The average object in highly technological eras is ugly. Only the great artists are the exceptions. We live in an era in which one must be a great artist or nothing.
  4. Is it possible to succeed without any act of betrayal?
  5. A director makes only one movie in his life. Then he breaks it into pieces and makes it again.
  6. The foundation of all civilization is loitering.
  7. My dream is of a craftsman’s cinema in which the author can express himself as directly as the painter in his paintings or the writer in his books.

Renoir was a French film director, screenwriter, actor, producer and author. As a director and actor, he made more than forty films. As an author, he wrote the definitive biography of his father, the painter, Renoir, My Father. 

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— 3 days ago with 31 notes
#Amanda Patterson  #Jean Renoir  #Literary Birthday 
Happy Birthday, Bernard MacLaverty, born 14 September 1942
Nine Quotes
Writing is a very lonely occupation.
I have a great fondness for short stories. But I would hope that I take as much care in writing a novel as I would in writing a short story. People often say that in short stories every word has to count, but I would say the same for novels.
It’s the pleasures of telling a story, that’s what keeps me going.
People had always told me that I needed to have a novel for my first book, but I’d all these stories that I’d been writing until we left Belfast. So I thought I’d send them to a Belfast publisher, and when they were accepted by Blackstaff I was delighted. But I also panicked and immediately began to rewrite them all. It’s one thing for a publisher to like them, but the thought that other people would actually read them was terrifying.
The short story is not a pint at the bar – it’s having a dram of an evening to yourself.
But anger is one of the things that makes you write. If you fume at people killing other people you eventually ask what is it, within your compass, that you can do. For me, the best I could do was write.
If you build enough dry-stone dykes, eventually you get better at it. That doesn’t seem to be the case with writing. You might get better at assembling sentences, but you still seem to have to start again with everything else.
Writers, somehow or other, are people who have not lost the ability to play. 
Work with no result is something in a writer’s life that’s very galling.
MacLaverty is an Irish writer. He is the author of the novels Lamb, Cal, Grace Notes, and The Anatomy School.Lamb and Cal have been made into major films for which he wrote the screenplays. He has won many major awards. He has also written five collections of short stories.
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Happy Birthday, Bernard MacLaverty, born 14 September 1942

Nine Quotes

  1. Writing is a very lonely occupation.
  2. I have a great fondness for short stories. But I would hope that I take as much care in writing a novel as I would in writing a short story. People often say that in short stories every word has to count, but I would say the same for novels.
  3. It’s the pleasures of telling a story, that’s what keeps me going.
  4. People had always told me that I needed to have a novel for my first book, but I’d all these stories that I’d been writing until we left Belfast. So I thought I’d send them to a Belfast publisher, and when they were accepted by Blackstaff I was delighted. But I also panicked and immediately began to rewrite them all. It’s one thing for a publisher to like them, but the thought that other people would actually read them was terrifying.
  5. The short story is not a pint at the bar – it’s having a dram of an evening to yourself.
  6. But anger is one of the things that makes you write. If you fume at people killing other people you eventually ask what is it, within your compass, that you can do. For me, the best I could do was write.
  7. If you build enough dry-stone dykes, eventually you get better at it. That doesn’t seem to be the case with writing. You might get better at assembling sentences, but you still seem to have to start again with everything else.
  8. Writers, somehow or other, are people who have not lost the ability to play. 
  9. Work with no result is something in a writer’s life that’s very galling.

MacLaverty is an Irish writer. He is the author of the novels LambCalGrace Notes, and The Anatomy School.Lamb and Cal have been made into major films for which he wrote the screenplays. He has won many major awards. He has also written five collections of short stories.

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— 4 days ago with 31 notes
#Bernard MacLaverty  #Amanda Patterson  #Literary Birthday 
Happy Birthday, J. B. Priestley, born 13 September 1894, died 14 August 1984
10 Quotes
The way to write a book is the application of the seat of one’s pants to the seat of one’s chair.
I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.
Like its politicians and its wars, society has the teenagers it deserves.
We don’t live alone. We are members of one body. We are responsible for each other. And I tell you that the time will soon come when if men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish. Good night.
The more elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate.
Living in an age of advertisement, we are perpetually disillusioned. The perfect life is spread before us every day, but it changes and withers at a touch.
Be yourself is about the worst advice you can give to some people.
If you are a genius, you’ll make your own rules, but if not - and the odds are against it - go to your desk no matter what your mood, face the icy challenge of the paper - write.
Perhaps it would be better not to be a writer, but if you must, then write.
Most writers enjoy two periods of happiness—when a glorious idea comes to mind, and when a last page has been written and you haven’t had time to know how much better it ought to be.
Priestley was an English novelist, playwright and broadcaster.
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Happy Birthday, J. B. Priestley, born 13 September 1894, died 14 August 1984

10 Quotes

  1. The way to write a book is the application of the seat of one’s pants to the seat of one’s chair.
  2. I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.
  3. Like its politicians and its wars, society has the teenagers it deserves.
  4. We don’t live alone. We are members of one body. We are responsible for each other. And I tell you that the time will soon come when if men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish. Good night.
  5. The more elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate.
  6. Living in an age of advertisement, we are perpetually disillusioned. The perfect life is spread before us every day, but it changes and withers at a touch.
  7. Be yourself is about the worst advice you can give to some people.
  8. If you are a genius, you’ll make your own rules, but if not - and the odds are against it - go to your desk no matter what your mood, face the icy challenge of the paper - write.
  9. Perhaps it would be better not to be a writer, but if you must, then write.
  10. Most writers enjoy two periods of happiness—when a glorious idea comes to mind, and when a last page has been written and you haven’t had time to know how much better it ought to be.

Priestley was an English novelist, playwright and broadcaster.

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— 5 days ago with 41 notes
#J. B. Priestley  #Literary Birthday  #Writers Write 
Quotable - H. L. Mencken, born 12 September 1880, died 29 January 1956 

Quotable - H. L. Mencken, born 12 September 1880, died 29 January 1956 

— 6 days ago with 129 notes
#H. L. Mencken  #Literary Birthday  #quotes 
Happy Birthday, Charles Dudley Warner, born 12 September 1829, died 20 October 1900
Seven Quotes
The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness rather than in its value.
Lettuce is like conversation; it must be fresh and crisp, so sparkling that you scarcely notice the bitter in it.
Few people can resist doing what is universally expected of them. This invisible pressure is more difficult to stand against than individual tyranny.
Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough.
It is one of the beautiful compensations of this life that no one can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
It is fortunate that each generation does not comprehend its own ignorance. We are thus enabled to call our ancestors barbarous.
Politics makes strange bedfellows.
Warner was an American essayist and novelist. He co-authored the novel, The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today, with his friend, Mark Twain.
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Happy Birthday, Charles Dudley Warner, born 12 September 1829, died 20 October 1900

Seven Quotes

  1. The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness rather than in its value.
  2. Lettuce is like conversation; it must be fresh and crisp, so sparkling that you scarcely notice the bitter in it.
  3. Few people can resist doing what is universally expected of them. This invisible pressure is more difficult to stand against than individual tyranny.
  4. Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough.
  5. It is one of the beautiful compensations of this life that no one can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
  6. It is fortunate that each generation does not comprehend its own ignorance. We are thus enabled to call our ancestors barbarous.
  7. Politics makes strange bedfellows.

Warner was an American essayist and novelist. He co-authored the novel, The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today, with his friend, Mark Twain.

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— 6 days ago with 38 notes
#Charles Dudley Warner  #Literary Birthday  #Amanda Patterson 
Happy Birthday, Stanisław Lem, born 12 September 1921, died 27 March 2006
Nine Quotes
Good books tell the truth, even when they’re about things that never have been and never will be. They’re truthful in a different way.
Faith is, at one and the same time, absolutely necessary and altogether impossible.
I never read to kill time. Killing time is like killing someone’s wife or a child. There is nothing more precious for me than time.
The only writers who have any peace are the ones who don’t write. And there are some like that. They wallow in a sea of possibilities. To express a thought, you first have to limit it, and that means kill it. Every word I speak robs me of a thousand others, and every line I write means giving up another.
I see a poem as a multi-coloured strip behind peeling plaster, in separate, shining fragments.
I hadn’t known there were so many idiots in the world until I started using the Internet.
We have no need of other worlds. We need mirrors. We don’t know what to do with other worlds. A single world, our own, suffices us; but we can’t accept it for what it is.
A writer should not run around with a mirror for his countrymen; he should tell his society and his times things no one ever thought before.
The first requisite for immortality is death. 
Lem was a Polish writer of science fiction, philosophy and satire. His books have sold over 27 million copies. He is known as the author of Solaris, which has been made into a feature film three times. 
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Happy Birthday, Stanisław Lem, born 12 September 1921, died 27 March 2006

Nine Quotes

  1. Good books tell the truth, even when they’re about things that never have been and never will be. They’re truthful in a different way.
  2. Faith is, at one and the same time, absolutely necessary and altogether impossible.
  3. I never read to kill time. Killing time is like killing someone’s wife or a child. There is nothing more precious for me than time.
  4. The only writers who have any peace are the ones who don’t write. And there are some like that. They wallow in a sea of possibilities. To express a thought, you first have to limit it, and that means kill it. Every word I speak robs me of a thousand others, and every line I write means giving up another.
  5. I see a poem as a multi-coloured strip behind peeling plaster, in separate, shining fragments.
  6. I hadn’t known there were so many idiots in the world until I started using the Internet.
  7. We have no need of other worlds. We need mirrors. We don’t know what to do with other worlds. A single world, our own, suffices us; but we can’t accept it for what it is.
  8. A writer should not run around with a mirror for his countrymen; he should tell his society and his times things no one ever thought before.
  9. The first requisite for immortality is death. 

Lem was a Polish writer of science fiction, philosophy and satire. His books have sold over 27 million copies. He is known as the author of Solaris, which has been made into a feature film three times. 

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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

— 6 days ago with 59 notes
#Stanisław Lem  #Literary Birthday  #Amanda Patterson 
Happy Birthday, O. Henry, born 11 September 1862, died 5 June 1910
Five Quotes
Life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating.
All of us have to be prevaricators, hypocrites, and liars every day of our lives; otherwise the social structure would fall into pieces the first day. We must act in one another’s presence just as we must wear clothes. It is for the best.
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.
There are stories in everything. I’ve got some of my best yarns from park benches, lampposts, and newspaper stands.
O. Henry, born William Sydney Porter, was an American writer. He is the author of The Gift of the Magi His short stories are known for their wit, wordplay, warm characterisation, and clever twist endings. The O. Henry Award is a prestigious annual prize named after Porter and given for outstanding short stories. 
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Happy Birthday, O. Henry, born 11 September 1862, died 5 June 1910

Five Quotes

  1. Life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating.
  2. All of us have to be prevaricators, hypocrites, and liars every day of our lives; otherwise the social structure would fall into pieces the first day. We must act in one another’s presence just as we must wear clothes. It is for the best.
  3. The true adventurer goes forth aimless and uncalculating to meet and greet unknown fate.
  4. 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.
  5. There are stories in everything. I’ve got some of my best yarns from park benches, lampposts, and newspaper stands.

O. Henry, born William Sydney Porter, was an American writer. He is the author of The Gift of the Magi His short stories are known for their wit, wordplay, warm characterisation, and clever twist endings. The O. Henry Award is a prestigious annual prize named after Porter and given for outstanding short stories. 

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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

— 1 week ago with 53 notes
#Amanda Patterson  #o. henry  #Literary Birthday 
Happy Birthday, Andre Dubus III, born 11 September 1959
10 Quotes
The truth is life is full of joy and full of great sorrow, but you can’t have one without the other.
I’m one of those writers who can’t talk about what they’re working on. I just have to keep it in the womb, and then everyone can have a crack at it.
I think the deeper you go into questions, the deeper or more interesting the questions get. And I think that’s the job of art.
There are some beautiful books out there. But the ones that leave me cold are the ones where I feel - it’s that postmodern thing - it’s more experimentation with language than it is a deep compassionate falling into another human being’s experience.
One of the accidental joys of my writing life has been that I’ve had some lovely, surprisingly good fortune with readers, and I’ve brought readers to my dad’s work. I can’t tell you the joy that gives me. Because my father’s work was masterful.
If you don’t put 99 percent of yourself into the writing, there will be no publishing career.
There’s the writer and there’s the author. The author - you don’t ever think about the author. Just think about the writer. So my advice would be, find a way to not care - easier said than done.
Even a day writing badly for me is 10 times better than a day where I don’t write at all.
One of the things I tell the writers with whom I work is, man, when you finish a draft of a poem, or short story or novel, you make sure you go out and celebrate all night long because whether the world ever notices or not, whether you get it published or not, you did something most people never do: You started, stuck with, and finished a creative work. And that is a triumph.
One of the things I learned about writing a memoir is you can’t drag the reader through everything.
Dubus is an American novelist and short story writer.  He is the author of House of Sand and Fog.
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Happy Birthday, Andre Dubus III, born 11 September 1959

10 Quotes

  1. The truth is life is full of joy and full of great sorrow, but you can’t have one without the other.
  2. I’m one of those writers who can’t talk about what they’re working on. I just have to keep it in the womb, and then everyone can have a crack at it.
  3. I think the deeper you go into questions, the deeper or more interesting the questions get. And I think that’s the job of art.
  4. There are some beautiful books out there. But the ones that leave me cold are the ones where I feel - it’s that postmodern thing - it’s more experimentation with language than it is a deep compassionate falling into another human being’s experience.
  5. One of the accidental joys of my writing life has been that I’ve had some lovely, surprisingly good fortune with readers, and I’ve brought readers to my dad’s work. I can’t tell you the joy that gives me. Because my father’s work was masterful.
  6. If you don’t put 99 percent of yourself into the writing, there will be no publishing career.
  7. There’s the writer and there’s the author. The author - you don’t ever think about the author. Just think about the writer. So my advice would be, find a way to not care - easier said than done.
  8. Even a day writing badly for me is 10 times better than a day where I don’t write at all.
  9. One of the things I tell the writers with whom I work is, man, when you finish a draft of a poem, or short story or novel, you make sure you go out and celebrate all night long because whether the world ever notices or not, whether you get it published or not, you did something most people never do: You started, stuck with, and finished a creative work. And that is a triumph.
  10. One of the things I learned about writing a memoir is you can’t drag the reader through everything.

Dubus is an American novelist and short story writer.  He is the author of House of Sand and Fog.

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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

— 1 week ago with 28 notes
#Andre Dubus III  #Literary Birthday  #Amanda Patterson 
Quotable - Mary Oliver, born 10 September 1935
Mary Oliver Quote by Lisa Congdon

Quotable - Mary Oliver, born 10 September 1935

Mary Oliver Quote by Lisa Congdon

— 1 week ago with 96 notes
#Mary Oliver  #lit  #quotes  #Literary Birthday