Monday, January 19, 2009

More Words of Wisdom

Following up on last week’s post, here are some more words of wisdom that various writers live by:

Cheryl Aubin ( has an interesting idea. She actually wrote some words for herself. I like the idea of writers coming up with our own inspiration—our mission statement! Here’s Cheryl’s:

“To write is to travel to far universes and interior landscapes. To write is to spill your life and your energy on to the page and those words, once released, join with the hopes and dreams and successes and challenges of all writers and become eternal.”

She also likes this, from Robert Frost: “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.”

Debbi Mack ( offers this one:

"The difference between a professional and an amateur writer is persistence." -- Parris Afton Bonds

And here are two short but sweet suggestions from Katharine (Kitty) Davis (

"Art is work." Ursula LeGuin

"Talent is a long patience." Flaubert

I will be stealing these for my classes to be sure!


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