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Happy Birthday, Ngaio Marsh, born 23 April 1895, died 18 February 1982
Seven Quotes
Why do you want to become an author? I will accept only one answer. If it is because you feel you can write better than you can do anything else then go ahead and do it without frills and flourishes. Stick to your present job and write in your spare time: but do it as if it is a whole time job.
You must be able to write. You must have a sense of form, of pattern, of design. You must have a respect for and a mastery over words.
Please don’t entertain for a moment the utterly mistaken idea that there is no drudgery in writing. There is a great deal of drudgery in even the most inspired, the most noble, the most distinguished writing. Read what the great ones have said about their jobs; how they never sit down to their work without a sigh of distress and never get up from it witout a sigh of relief. Do you imagine that your Muse is forever flamelike — breathing the inspired word, the wonderful situation, the superb solution into your attentive ear? … Believe me, my poor boy, if you wait for inspiration in our set-up, you’ll wait for ever.
We worry and fumble and rehash. At two o’clock in the morning we get marvelous ideas and at eight o’clock the following evening we recognise those ideas for the nonsense they are. We have awful sessions when nothing goes right, and brief but blissful sessions when everything seems to go well.
We do not wait for inspiration. We work because we’ve jolly well got to. But when all is said and done, we toil at this particular job because it’s turned out to be our particular job, and in a weird sort of way I suppose we may be said to like it.
Above all things — read. Read the great stylists who cannot be copied rather than the successful writers who must not be copied.
You may be able to write a novel, you may not. You will never know until you have worked very hard indeed and written at least part of it. You will never really know until you have written the whole of it and submitted it for publication.
Marsh was a New Zealand crime writer who is best known for her creation Inspector Roderick Alleyn, a gentleman detective. She is known as one of the ‘Queens of Crime’ along with Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Margery Allingham.
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Happy Birthday, Ngaio Marsh, born 23 April 1895, died 18 February 1982

Seven Quotes

  1. Why do you want to become an author? I will accept only one answer. If it is because you feel you can write better than you can do anything else then go ahead and do it without frills and flourishes. Stick to your present job and write in your spare time: but do it as if it is a whole time job.
  2. You must be able to write. You must have a sense of form, of pattern, of design. You must have a respect for and a mastery over words.
  3. Please don’t entertain for a moment the utterly mistaken idea that there is no drudgery in writing. There is a great deal of drudgery in even the most inspired, the most noble, the most distinguished writing. Read what the great ones have said about their jobs; how they never sit down to their work without a sigh of distress and never get up from it witout a sigh of relief. Do you imagine that your Muse is forever flamelike — breathing the inspired word, the wonderful situation, the superb solution into your attentive ear? … Believe me, my poor boy, if you wait for inspiration in our set-up, you’ll wait for ever.
  4. We worry and fumble and rehash. At two o’clock in the morning we get marvelous ideas and at eight o’clock the following evening we recognise those ideas for the nonsense they are. We have awful sessions when nothing goes right, and brief but blissful sessions when everything seems to go well.
  5. We do not wait for inspiration. We work because we’ve jolly well got to. But when all is said and done, we toil at this particular job because it’s turned out to be our particular job, and in a weird sort of way I suppose we may be said to like it.
  6. Above all things — read. Read the great stylists who cannot be copied rather than the successful writers who must not be copied.
  7. You may be able to write a novel, you may not. You will never know until you have worked very hard indeed and written at least part of it. You will never really know until you have written the whole of it and submitted it for publication.

Marsh was a New Zealand crime writer who is best known for her creation Inspector Roderick Alleyn, a gentleman detective. She is known as one of the ‘Queens of Crime’ along with Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Margery Allingham.

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Happy Birthday, Halldór Laxness, born 23 April 1902, died 8 February 1998
Nine Quotes
The difference between a novelist and a historian is this: that the former tells lies deliberately and for the fun of it; the historian tells lies in his simplicity and imagines he is telling the truth.
The first thing is to have the will; the rest is technique.
For man is essentially alone, and one should pity him and love him and grieve with him.
My motto is strong packaging, clear addressing.
It’s a pity we don’t whistle at one another, like birds. Words are misleading.
Remember, any lie you are told, even deliberately, is often a more significant fact than a truth told in all sincerity.
What you have stolen can never be yours.
People don’t have the imagination to understand politicians. People are too innocent.
Whoever doesn’t live in poetry cannot survive here on earth.
Laxness was an Icelandic writer who wrote poetry, newspaper articles, plays, travelogues, short stories, and novels. He received the 1955 Nobel Prize in Literature.
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Happy Birthday, Halldór Laxness, born 23 April 1902, died 8 February 1998

Nine Quotes

  1. The difference between a novelist and a historian is this: that the former tells lies deliberately and for the fun of it; the historian tells lies in his simplicity and imagines he is telling the truth.
  2. The first thing is to have the will; the rest is technique.
  3. For man is essentially alone, and one should pity him and love him and grieve with him.
  4. My motto is strong packaging, clear addressing.
  5. It’s a pity we don’t whistle at one another, like birds. Words are misleading.
  6. Remember, any lie you are told, even deliberately, is often a more significant fact than a truth told in all sincerity.
  7. What you have stolen can never be yours.
  8. People don’t have the imagination to understand politicians. People are too innocent.
  9. Whoever doesn’t live in poetry cannot survive here on earth.

Laxness was an Icelandic writer who wrote poetry, newspaper articles, plays, travelogues, short stories, and novels. He received the 1955 Nobel Prize in Literature.

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— 13 hours ago with 29 notes
#Halldór Laxness  #Amanda Patterson  #Literary Birthday  #writers write 
Before you use the template, it is a good idea to ask these seven questions.
Once you have done this, we recommend you use our Persuasive Writing Brainstormer Template to polish your argument. 

Before you use the template, it is a good idea to ask these seven questions.

Once you have done this, we recommend you use our Persuasive Writing Brainstormer Template to polish your argument. 

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Happy Birthday, Louise Glück, born 22 April 1943
Seven Quotes
It seems to me that the desire to make art produces an ongoing experience of longing… Always there seems something ahead, the next poem or story, visible, at least, apprehensible, but unreachable… It’s like a lighthouse, except that, as one swims towards it, it backs away.
Usually the person who is going to develop into a writer is a sensitive reader and a good critic. When people are good critics, anything can happen. That means there is a deep alertness to syntax, to language.
I think the question of who’s going to be a writer has more to do with intelligence and hunger than anything you would say was talent. There’s a ton of talent, first of all, and it takes you only so far. People with toughness and willingness to start over, combined with really remarkable minds and intense need, those are the people who can become anything.
I feel quite passionately that the degree to which I have, if I have, stayed alive as a writer and changed as a writer, owes much to the intensity with which I’ve immersed myself in the work, sometimes very alien work, of people younger than I, people making sounds I haven’t heard. 
I took my first teaching job, and the minute I started to teach I started to write. I’ve always connected teaching and writing.
Of two sisters one is always the watcher, one the dancer.
We look at the world once, in childhood. The rest is memory.
Glück is an American poet. She was appointed Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 2003.
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Happy Birthday, Louise Glück, born 22 April 1943

Seven Quotes

  1. It seems to me that the desire to make art produces an ongoing experience of longing… Always there seems something ahead, the next poem or story, visible, at least, apprehensible, but unreachable… It’s like a lighthouse, except that, as one swims towards it, it backs away.
  2. Usually the person who is going to develop into a writer is a sensitive reader and a good critic. When people are good critics, anything can happen. That means there is a deep alertness to syntax, to language.
  3. I think the question of who’s going to be a writer has more to do with intelligence and hunger than anything you would say was talent. There’s a ton of talent, first of all, and it takes you only so far. People with toughness and willingness to start over, combined with really remarkable minds and intense need, those are the people who can become anything.
  4. I feel quite passionately that the degree to which I have, if I have, stayed alive as a writer and changed as a writer, owes much to the intensity with which I’ve immersed myself in the work, sometimes very alien work, of people younger than I, people making sounds I haven’t heard. 
  5. I took my first teaching job, and the minute I started to teach I started to write. I’ve always connected teaching and writing.
  6. Of two sisters one is always the watcher, one the dancer.
  7. We look at the world once, in childhood. The rest is memory.

Glück is an American poet. She was appointed Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 2003.

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— 1 day ago with 56 notes
#Louise Glück  #Literary Birthday  #Amanda Patterson  #Writers Write 
Examples of Archetypes by Stephanie Morrill
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Examples of Archetypes by Stephanie Morrill

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Happy Birthday, Jeannette Walls, born 21 April 1960
Seven Quotes
Everything in life is grey, you know.
My advice to anyone is to figure out what you’re good at - what it is that you love doing the most in life - and figure out a way to make a living from it.
Life is a drama full of tragedy and comedy. You should learn to enjoy the comic episodes a little more.
I find books that have a moral and spiritual center, that speak to what is really important and lasting, hugely appealing.
I sit down at my desk pretty early in the morning and write all day until about 4 or 5 p.m.
Some people who’ve read my story think I had a terrible childhood and that I was neglected or even abused, while others feel that my parents, while certainly flawed, also had truly wonderful qualities. And that’s the way it should be, because in real life two people can look at the same president and one will see a hero and the other a villain.
Memoir is about handing over you life to someone and saying, This is what I went through, this is who I am, and maybe you can learn something from it.
Walls is an American writer and journalist. She is the author of The Glass Castle, a memoir which stayed on the New York Times Best Seller list for 100 weeks.
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Happy Birthday, Jeannette Walls, born 21 April 1960

Seven Quotes

  1. Everything in life is grey, you know.
  2. My advice to anyone is to figure out what you’re good at - what it is that you love doing the most in life - and figure out a way to make a living from it.
  3. Life is a drama full of tragedy and comedy. You should learn to enjoy the comic episodes a little more.
  4. I find books that have a moral and spiritual center, that speak to what is really important and lasting, hugely appealing.
  5. I sit down at my desk pretty early in the morning and write all day until about 4 or 5 p.m.
  6. Some people who’ve read my story think I had a terrible childhood and that I was neglected or even abused, while others feel that my parents, while certainly flawed, also had truly wonderful qualities. And that’s the way it should be, because in real life two people can look at the same president and one will see a hero and the other a villain.
  7. Memoir is about handing over you life to someone and saying, This is what I went through, this is who I am, and maybe you can learn something from it.

Walls is an American writer and journalist. She is the author of The Glass Castle, a memoir which stayed on the New York Times Best Seller list for 100 weeks.

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Happy Birthday, Alistair MacLean, born 21 April 1922, died 2 February 1987
Five Quotes
We are all brave men and we are all afraid, and what the world calls a brave man, he too is brave and afraid like the all rest of us. Only he is brave for five minutes longer.
The point I make is simply that cruelty and hate and intolerance are the monopoly of no particular race or creed or time. They have been with us since the world began and are still with us, in every country in the world.
I am not a novelist, I’m a storyteller. 
I’m not a born writer, and I don’t enjoy writing.
I wrote each book in thirty-five days flat - just to get the darned thing finished.
MacLean was a Scottish novelist who wrote popular thrillers and adventure stories,including The Guns of Navarone, Force 10 from Navone, and Where Eagles Dare.
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Happy Birthday, Alistair MacLean, born 21 April 1922, died 2 February 1987

Five Quotes

  1. We are all brave men and we are all afraid, and what the world calls a brave man, he too is brave and afraid like the all rest of us. Only he is brave for five minutes longer.
  2. The point I make is simply that cruelty and hate and intolerance are the monopoly of no particular race or creed or time. They have been with us since the world began and are still with us, in every country in the world.
  3. I am not a novelist, I’m a storyteller. 
  4. I’m not a born writer, and I don’t enjoy writing.
  5. I wrote each book in thirty-five days flat - just to get the darned thing finished.

MacLean was a Scottish novelist who wrote popular thrillers and adventure stories,including The Guns of Navarone, Force 10 from Navone, and Where Eagles Dare.

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Happy Birthday, Mary Hoffman, born 20 April 1945
Mary Hoffman’s Top 10 Rules for Would-be Fantasy Writers
Beautiful people can be very boring.
Distinguish between an identifier and an annoying verbal or behavioural tic.
People without flaws can be very boring.
Don’t build in merchandising opportunities.
Don’t use linguistic inversions or, if you must, use them VERY sparingly.
You are not an estate agent or fashion retailer. Don’t describe houses and clothes as if you were.
On no account ever let a plot hinge on a birthmark.
Don’t get carried away by names.
Remember - your readers will have read the same books as you.
A series of exciting events is not a plot.
Read More of Mary Hoffman’s Writing Advice
Five Quotes
I write on my laptop - on my lap! I know you are not supposed to but I do and have had no problems with neck or back. I sit on the green sofa in my green and white ground floor study, which has French windows to the garden at the back of my house. Drawbacks include this being the place where the three cats bring their prey/presents for me.
When I swim, three times a week before breakfast, I think about what I’m going to write that day. I am much more creative in the mornings than in the afternoons and evenings.
I run the writing as a business, with one overworked and overstretched employee - me! But she has a very understanding boss so that if I as worker ask me as employer for a day off the answer is always yes.
When the writing is going really well (usually the last third of a book) and everything is coming together and all the set-ups have pay-offs and a very complex plot is beginning to twist and plait itself under your fingers to a satisfying whole - that’s the best - like flying.
Write a lot. Don’t worry about publication, or anything else. Just write and see what happens. It might turn into a story; it might not. Write because it would hurt if you didn’t.
Hoffman is the best-selling British author of the Amazing Grace book series. Hoffman has authored more than 80 children’s books, including the Stravaganza series.
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Happy Birthday, Mary Hoffman, born 20 April 1945

Mary Hoffman’s Top 10 Rules for Would-be Fantasy Writers

  1. Beautiful people can be very boring.
  2. Distinguish between an identifier and an annoying verbal or behavioural tic.
  3. People without flaws can be very boring.
  4. Don’t build in merchandising opportunities.
  5. Don’t use linguistic inversions or, if you must, use them VERY sparingly.
  6. You are not an estate agent or fashion retailer. Don’t describe houses and clothes as if you were.
  7. On no account ever let a plot hinge on a birthmark.
  8. Don’t get carried away by names.
  9. Remember - your readers will have read the same books as you.
  10. A series of exciting events is not a plot.

Read More of Mary Hoffman’s Writing Advice

Five Quotes

  1. I write on my laptop - on my lap! I know you are not supposed to but I do and have had no problems with neck or back. I sit on the green sofa in my green and white ground floor study, which has French windows to the garden at the back of my house. Drawbacks include this being the place where the three cats bring their prey/presents for me.
  2. When I swim, three times a week before breakfast, I think about what I’m going to write that day. I am much more creative in the mornings than in the afternoons and evenings.
  3. I run the writing as a business, with one overworked and overstretched employee - me! But she has a very understanding boss so that if I as worker ask me as employer for a day off the answer is always yes.
  4. When the writing is going really well (usually the last third of a book) and everything is coming together and all the set-ups have pay-offs and a very complex plot is beginning to twist and plait itself under your fingers to a satisfying whole - that’s the best - like flying.
  5. Write a lot. Don’t worry about publication, or anything else. Just write and see what happens. It might turn into a story; it might not. Write because it would hurt if you didn’t.

Hoffman is the best-selling British author of the Amazing Grace book series. Hoffman has authored more than 80 children’s books, including the Stravaganza series.

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— 3 days ago with 65 notes
#Mary Hoffman  #Writers Write  #Amanda Patterson  #Literary Birthday 
Happy Birthday, James Franco, born 19 April 1978
Nine Quotes
Sometimes it is painful to be oneself; at other times it seems impossible to escape oneself.
Always have one artistic thing that is pure, at least one thing, where you don’t compromise. You can do other things to make money, but have one pure area.
I don’t even like to sleep - I feel as if there’s too much to do.
They say living well is the best revenge but sometimes writing well is even better.
I’m a huge Cormac McCarthy fan and have read every book of his.
Make your characters interested in something. Striving for something. In need of something. Good at something. This will make them likeable and interesting.
You also need love. Your characters need to love something, otherwise they will be unlovable.
There’s a tacit belief that actors shouldn’t write books, they’re sort of allowed to direct movies but there will be a lot of skepticism, and they shouldn’t do artwork or music. There are these invisible roadblocks to gain entree to these areas for actors, and you kind of have to crash through those invisible barriers.
You want to be interesting? Be interested.
Franco is an American actor, director, screenwriter, producer, teacher, author and poet. His books include Palo Alto, Actors Anonymous: A Novel, and A California Childhood. Franco has also written, directed and starred in several short plays, two of which — Fool’s Gold and The Ape — he adapted into feature-length films. He wrote and directed the film Good Time Max.
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Happy Birthday, James Franco, born 19 April 1978

Nine Quotes

  1. Sometimes it is painful to be oneself; at other times it seems impossible to escape oneself.
  2. Always have one artistic thing that is pure, at least one thing, where you don’t compromise. You can do other things to make money, but have one pure area.
  3. I don’t even like to sleep - I feel as if there’s too much to do.
  4. They say living well is the best revenge but sometimes writing well is even better.
  5. I’m a huge Cormac McCarthy fan and have read every book of his.
  6. Make your characters interested in something. Striving for something. In need of something. Good at something. This will make them likeable and interesting.
  7. You also need love. Your characters need to love something, otherwise they will be unlovable.
  8. There’s a tacit belief that actors shouldn’t write books, they’re sort of allowed to direct movies but there will be a lot of skepticism, and they shouldn’t do artwork or music. There are these invisible roadblocks to gain entree to these areas for actors, and you kind of have to crash through those invisible barriers.
  9. You want to be interesting? Be interested.

Franco is an American actor, director, screenwriter, producer, teacher, author and poet. His books include Palo Alto, Actors Anonymous: A Noveland A California Childhood. Franco has also written, directed and starred in several short plays, two of which — Fool’s Gold and The Ape — he adapted into feature-length films. He wrote and directed the film Good Time Max.

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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

— 4 days ago with 118 notes
#James Franco  #Literary Birthday  #Amanda Patterson  #Writers Write 
The Top 10 Writing Posts for March 2014 →

These were the Writers Write posts you enjoyed most in March 2014.

  1. Your Writing Style - Which famous writer’s style is most like your own? 
  2. The Six Defining Characteristics of Strong Female Protagonists  - Strong women in fiction
  3. 39 Synonyms for Run - A resource for writers
  4. Writing Children’s Books - A Cheat Sheet
  5. Crime Writing for Beginners - An Infographic
  6. Reasons not to write a book - a comic for writers
  7. Commercial or Literary? What is the difference between a commercial and a literary plot? 
  8. Breaking the Blues – how to write even when you don’t feel like it 
  9. Writing Sex Scenes - Part One 
  10. Writing Sex Scenes - Part Two - Six Male Archetypes 
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Happy Birthday, Richard Harding Davis, born 18 April 1864, died 11 April 1916
Three Quotes
The secret of good writing is to say an old thing in a new way or to say a new thing in an old way.
All through the night, like the tumult of a river when it races between the cliffs of a canyon, in my sleep I could hear the steady roar of the passing army…. This was a machine, endless, tireless, with the delicate organization of a watch and the brute power of a steam-roller.
No civilized person ever goes to bed the same day he gets up.
Davis was a journalist and writer of fiction and drama. He was best known as the first American war correspondent to cover the Spanish-American War, the Second Boer War, and the First World War. His writing played a major role in the evolution of the American magazine. His books include Soldiers of Fortune, Cinderella and Other Stories, and The Amateur.
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Happy Birthday, Richard Harding Davis, born 18 April 1864, died 11 April 1916

Three Quotes

  1. The secret of good writing is to say an old thing in a new way or to say a new thing in an old way.
  2. All through the night, like the tumult of a river when it races between the cliffs of a canyon, in my sleep I could hear the steady roar of the passing army…. This was a machine, endless, tireless, with the delicate organization of a watch and the brute power of a steam-roller.
  3. No civilized person ever goes to bed the same day he gets up.

Davis was a journalist and writer of fiction and drama. He was best known as the first American war correspondent to cover the Spanish-American War, the Second Boer War, and the First World War. His writing played a major role in the evolution of the American magazine. His books include Soldiers of Fortune, Cinderella and Other Stories, and The Amateur.

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— 5 days ago with 32 notes
#Richard Harding Davis  #Literary Birthday  #Writers Write  #Amanda Patterson 
Happy Birthday, Susan Faludi, born 18 April 1959
Seven Quotes
When the enemy has no face, society will invent one.
Divorced men are more likely to meet their car payments than their child support obligations.
Feminism’s agenda is basic: It asks that women not be forced to “choose” between public justice and private happiness. It asks that women be free to define themselves — instead of having their identity defined for them, time and again, by their culture and their men.
As it turns out, social scientists have established only one fact about single women’s mental health: employment improves it.
The media and the rest of popular culture weren’t recording people’s reactions to 9/11; they were forcing made-up reactions down people’s throats.
The women’s movement hit my neighbourhood like a freight train. Everybody got divorced. You wonder what would have happened to women if the suburbs hadn’t been built.
The system of heroism depends on women to be weak so men can be strong.
Faludi is an American humanist, journalist and author. She won a Pulitzer Prize in 1991 and a National Book Critics Circle Award in 1992 for Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women.
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Happy Birthday, Susan Faludi, born 18 April 1959

Seven Quotes

  1. When the enemy has no face, society will invent one.
  2. Divorced men are more likely to meet their car payments than their child support obligations.
  3. Feminism’s agenda is basic: It asks that women not be forced to “choose” between public justice and private happiness. It asks that women be free to define themselves — instead of having their identity defined for them, time and again, by their culture and their men.
  4. As it turns out, social scientists have established only one fact about single women’s mental health: employment improves it.
  5. The media and the rest of popular culture weren’t recording people’s reactions to 9/11; they were forcing made-up reactions down people’s throats.
  6. The women’s movement hit my neighbourhood like a freight train. Everybody got divorced. You wonder what would have happened to women if the suburbs hadn’t been built.
  7. The system of heroism depends on women to be weak so men can be strong.

Faludi is an American humanist, journalist and author. She won a Pulitzer Prize in 1991 and a National Book Critics Circle Award in 1992 for Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women.

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— 5 days ago with 80 notes
#Susan Faludi  #Literary Birthday  #Amanda Patterson  #Writers Write 
The Locked Room – A simple way to test your plot →

A trapped character comes alive on the page or screen because he has to fight his way out a corner. The character has to push back against the predicament placed there by the plot—giving us conflict, intensity, and barriers we can define. The locked room is a way to interrogate your plot. 

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Happy Birthday, Cynthia Ozick, born 17 April 1928
10 Cynthia Ozick Quotes
All writing is presumption of course, since no one knows what it is like to be another human being.
What we remember from childhood we remember forever - permanent ghosts, stamped, inked, imprinted, eternally seen.
Because if I don’t start, I won’t get going. And sometimes starting is so difficult. Because it’s all chaos… It could be a scene in your mind or it could be some kind of tendril that you can barely define. So I have to force it. And then after – and this is real compulsion, real self-flagellation – it kind of takes off. But there’s a lot of agony before. And sometimes during. And sometimes all through. But just before the end and revelations start coming, that’s the joy. But mostly its hell.
Advice to aspiring poets: Poetry is not letter-writing cut up into lines. Become familiar with the poets that are the infrastructure of literature; read, read, read.
After a certain number of years, our faces become our biographies.
If we had to say what writing is, we would have to define it essentially as an act of courage.
Writers’ invisibility has little or nothing to do with Fame, just as Fame has little or nothing to do with Literature. (Fame merits its capital F for its fickleness, Literature its capital L for its lastingness.) 
To imagine the unimaginable is the highest use of the imagination.
Writers are very dangerous people. You shouldn’t know them.
If I could do it again, I would step out of the furnace now and then. I’d run around and find reviews to write, articles; I’d scurry and scrounge. I’d try to build a little platform from which to send out a voice. I’d do, in short, what I see so many writers of your generation doing: Chasing a bit of work here, a bit there, publishing, getting acquainted. 
Ozick is an American-Jewish short story writer, novelist, and essayist
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Happy Birthday, Cynthia Ozick, born 17 April 1928

10 Cynthia Ozick Quotes

  1. All writing is presumption of course, since no one knows what it is like to be another human being.
  2. What we remember from childhood we remember forever - permanent ghosts, stamped, inked, imprinted, eternally seen.
  3. Because if I don’t start, I won’t get going. And sometimes starting is so difficult. Because it’s all chaos… It could be a scene in your mind or it could be some kind of tendril that you can barely define. So I have to force it. And then after – and this is real compulsion, real self-flagellation – it kind of takes off. But there’s a lot of agony before. And sometimes during. And sometimes all through. But just before the end and revelations start coming, that’s the joy. But mostly its hell.
  4. Advice to aspiring poets: Poetry is not letter-writing cut up into lines. Become familiar with the poets that are the infrastructure of literature; read, read, read.
  5. After a certain number of years, our faces become our biographies.
  6. If we had to say what writing is, we would have to define it essentially as an act of courage.
  7. Writers’ invisibility has little or nothing to do with Fame, just as Fame has little or nothing to do with Literature. (Fame merits its capital F for its fickleness, Literature its capital L for its lastingness.) 
  8. To imagine the unimaginable is the highest use of the imagination.
  9. Writers are very dangerous people. You shouldn’t know them.
  10. If I could do it again, I would step out of the furnace now and then. I’d run around and find reviews to write, articles; I’d scurry and scrounge. I’d try to build a little platform from which to send out a voice. I’d do, in short, what I see so many writers of your generation doing: Chasing a bit of work here, a bit there, publishing, getting acquainted. 

Ozick is an American-Jewish short story writer, novelist, and essayist

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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

— 6 days ago with 44 notes
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What your writing equipment says about you →

We spend our days clicking away on our laptops, desktops, tablets and phones. We write memos and type reminders and fill documents using things like auto correction and spell check. We race the cursor and watch as our word count climbs, but when the electricity is off and the batteries need charging, we reveal our inner writer.

When you have to write by hand, what do your chosen tools say about you? 

  1. Pencil: Pencils can be either dark (B’s) or light (H’s). Writers who prefer pencils tend to be commitment phobic and flit from project to project. The lighter the pencil, the more insecure the writer. The darker the pencil the less chance the person is actually a writer. They are most likely the talkers or visually impaired. Writers who use HB pencils should grow a pair and just commit to one of their projects. 
  2. Pen: Pens are divided by price and levels of self-censoring. The more expensive the pen the more repressed the writer and the more self-censoring occurs. The story is there, but because these writers refuse to be honest with themselves their writing remains flat. Writers who choose pens however, are tenacious and will never give up, regardless of a disastrous plot or blatant and repeated rejection. Writers who like pens that click have obsessive personalities and will spend time in rehab at some point in their careers. 

Subcategory of the pen - Ink colour

  • Blue: You still write like you did at school. Long-winded essays wrought with unspecified adjectives and lazy adverbs. 
  • Black: You steal pens and you might actually make it as a writer if only you could get out of your own way. 
  • Red: You have masochistic tendencies. 
  • Green: There is something wrong with you, but as long as no one else gets hurt we’ll leave you be. 
  • Any other colour: Seek professional help. Immediately. 

Erasers and sharpeners: 

  1. Writers who choose pencils with erasers attached to the end tend to be skittish, fragile creatures who kill ideas faster than they can create them. The ideas might be good, but we never know because the ideas are erased as fast they are written.
  2. If a writer prefers a large eraser with sharp corners they are most likely a dark pencil user and not really a writer.
  3. If you have a tiny piece of rubber that used to be a big fat eraser you might actually have the ability to become a writer. 
  4. The same can be said about having a desk-mounted pencil sharpener - this is how you know you are indeed a writer. Regardless of the type of pencil used, this is the mark of a true wordsmith.
  5. Small, handheld sharpeners can only be used in the direst of situations or out-of-office writing days and then only if they are embellished with some kind of animated character. 
  6. Writers who use Tippex are imposters and can’t write a word. Seriously, who waits for Tippex to dry?
  7. Lastly, if writers chew on their chosen implements, they are hungry and should be fed. 

If you have read through this entire post trying to find you ideal implement/corrector combo you have proved that you are indeed a writer and a master procrastinator. That said you should be writing and not reading posts about writing tools. Your implement does not dictate your writing fate. You do.

by Mia Botha for Writers Write

— 1 week ago with 128 notes
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