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quote by Pierre du Plessis: Words create worlds. with background image: white printer paper
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Words create worlds.

--Pierre du Plessis
quote by Jules Haigler: I write not because I want to but because I am destined to. with background image: black and silver retractable pen on blank book
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I write not because I want to but because I am destined to.

--Jules Haigler
quote by L. L. Barkat: Writing starts with living. with background image: person holding pencil near laptop computer
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Writing starts with living.

--L. L. Barkat
quote by Gray Basnight: My most important advice to writers is butt in chair! with background image: white spiral notebook on black wooden table
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My most important advice to writers is butt in chair!

--Gray Basnight
quote by Amit Kalantri: An aspiring writer should write one time and edit ten times. with background image: person writing on white paper
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An aspiring writer should write one time and edit ten times.

--Amit Kalantri
quote by Anne Enright: Only bad writers think that their work is really good. with background image: silver click pen on white paper
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Only bad writers think that their work is really good.

--Anne Enright
quote by Anne Lamott: Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor. with background image: white spiral notebook on black wooden table
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Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor.

--Anne Lamott

Longer Version:

Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life Besides, perfectionism will ruin your writing, blocking inventiveness and playfulness and life force (these are words we are allowed to use in California).


quote by August Wilson: Keep your hands moving. Writing is rewriting. with background image: black and silver retractable pen on blank book
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Keep your hands moving. Writing is rewriting.

--August Wilson
quote by Barbara Kingsolver: There is no perfect time to write. There's only now. with background image: notebook on table
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There is no perfect time to write. There's only now.

--Barbara Kingsolver
quote by Charles Baudelaire: Always be a poet, even in prose. with background image: Magic Keyboard beside mug and click pen
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Always be a poet, even in prose.

--Charles Baudelaire
quote by David Mamet: Get into the scene late, get out of the scene early. with background image: silver click pen on white paper
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Get into the scene late, get out of the scene early.

--David Mamet
quote by E. B. White: The best writing is rewriting. with background image: person holding pencil near laptop computer
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The best writing is rewriting.

--E.B. White
quote by E. B. White: Writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar. with background image: coffee latte near white wireless keyboard and Apple EarPods on the table photography
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Writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar.

--E.B. White
quote by Gore Vidal: Each writer is born with a repertory company in his head. with background image: man holding two swords while standing in front of brown gate
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Each writer is born with a repertory company in his head.

--Gore Vidal

Longer Version:

Each writer is born with a repertory company in his head. Shakespeare has perhaps 20 players. ... I have 10 or so, and thats a lot. As you get older, you become more skillful at casting them.


quote by Harper Lee: Any writer worth his salt writes to please himself. with background image: Magic Keyboard beside mug and click pen
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Any writer worth his salt writes to please himself.

--Harper Lee
quote by James Clear: Writers who don't write weekly, write weakly. with background image: Magic Keyboard beside mug and click pen
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Writers who don't write weekly, write weakly.

--James Clear
quote by John Updike: Writing makes you more human. with background image: person holding brown pencil
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Writing makes you more human.

--John Updike
quote by Jorge Luis Borges: Writing is nothing more than a guided dream. with background image: white spiral notebook on black wooden table
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Writing is nothing more than a guided dream.

--Jorge Luis Borges
quote by Josh Billings: The great art of writing is knowing when to stop. with background image: notebook on table
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The great art of writing is knowing when to stop.

--Josh Billings
quote by Jules Renard: Writing is a way of talking without being interrupted. with background image: notebook on table
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Writing is a way of talking without being interrupted.

--Jules Renard
quote by Khaled Hosseini: About clichés. Avoid them like the plague. with background image: notebook on table
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About clichés. Avoid them like the plague.

--Khaled Hosseini
quote by Louis D. Brandeis: There is no good writing; there is only good rewriting. with background image: coffee latte near white wireless keyboard and Apple EarPods on the table photography
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There is no good writing; there is only good rewriting.

--Louis D. Brandeis
quote by Madeleine L'Engle: You have to write the book that wants to be written. with background image: silver click pen on white paper
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You have to write the book that wants to be written.

--Madeleine L'Engle
quote by Margaret Atwood: Writing poetry is a state of free float. with background image: white ceramic pencil organizer on top of stack of books
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Writing poetry is a state of free float.

--Margaret Atwood
quote by Margaret Atwood: If I waited for perfection, I would never write a word. with background image: black and silver retractable pen on blank book
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If I waited for perfection, I would never write a word.

--Margaret Atwood
quote by Mary Oliver: Look for verbs of muscle, adjectives of exactitude. with background image: black and silver retractable pen on blank book
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Look for verbs of muscle, adjectives of exactitude.

--Mary Oliver
quote by Munia Khan: My pen beats faster as I write with my heart. with background image: Magic Keyboard beside mug and click pen
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My pen beats faster as I write with my heart.

--Munia Khan
quote by Muriel Rukeyser: Breathe in experience, breathe out poetry. with background image: white lead pencil on surface
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Breathe in experience, breathe out poetry.

--Muriel Rukeyser
quote by Norman Mailer: Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing. with background image: coffee latte near white wireless keyboard and Apple EarPods on the table photography
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Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing.

--Norman Mailer
quote by Ogwo David Emenike: Content, in writing, is supreme. with background image: Magic Keyboard beside mug and click pen
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Content, in writing, is supreme.

--Ogwo David Emenike
quote by Paul J. Meyer: Writing crystallizes thought and thought produces action. with background image: white ceramic pencil organizer on top of stack of books
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Writing crystallizes thought and thought produces action.

--Paul J. Meyer
quote by Pawan Mishra: Tell a story in fewer and simpler words. with background image: person holding pencil near laptop computer
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Tell a story in fewer and simpler words.

--Pawan Mishra
quote by Philip Roth: Each book starts from ashes. with background image: person holding brown pencil
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Each book starts from ashes.

--Philip Roth
quote by Philip Roth: The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress. with background image: black and silver retractable pen on blank book
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The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.

--Philip Roth
quote by Richard Ford: Reading is probably what leads most writers to writing. with background image: notebook on table
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Reading is probably what leads most writers to writing.

--Richard Ford
quote by Truman Capote: Good writing is rewriting. with background image: shallow focus photography of fountain pen
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Good writing is rewriting.

--Truman Capote
quote by William Somerset Maugham: Writing is the supreme solace. with background image: photo of author William Somerset Maugham with quote

Writing is the supreme solace.

--William Somerset Maugham
quote by Wallace Stegner: Hard writing makes easy reading. with background image: white ceramic pencil organizer on top of stack of books
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Hard writing makes easy reading.

--Wallace Stegner
quote by William Faulkner: Read, read read. Read everything. with background image: white ceramic pencil organizer on top of stack of books
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Read, read read. Read everything.

--William Faulkner
quote by Bangambiki Habyarimana: Writing is exposing yourself to strangers. with background image: person holding brown pencil
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Writing is exposing yourself to strangers.

--Bangambiki Habyarimana
quote by Tom Robbins: Writing is the hardest physical work there is. with background image: shallow focus photography of fountain pen
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Writing is the hardest physical work there is.

--Tom Robbins
quote by Philip K. Dick: The core of my writing is not art but truth. with background image: black and silver retractable pen on blank book
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The core of my writing is not art but truth.

--Philip K. Dick
quote by Aberjhani: When the lyrical muse sings the creative pen dances. with background image: white spiral notebook on black wooden table
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When the lyrical muse sings the creative pen dances.

--Aberjhani
quote by Bert McCoy: Just keep the stylus moving. with background image: notebook on table
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Just keep the stylus moving.

--Bert McCoy
quote by Sandra Brown: Be prepared to work hard to be a writer. with background image: white spiral notebook on black wooden table
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Be prepared to work hard to be a writer.

--Sandra Brown
quote by William Styron: The writer's duty is to keep on writing. with background image: person holding pencil near laptop computer
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The writer's duty is to keep on writing.

--William Styron
quote by Jean Cocteau: The poet doesn't invent. He listens. with background image: Magic Keyboard beside mug and click pen
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The poet doesn't invent. He listens.

--Jean Cocteau
quote by A. S. Byatt: Good writing is always new. with background image: white spiral notebook on black wooden table
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Good writing is always new.

--A. S. Byatt
quote by Anne Rice: Go where the pain is, go where the pleasure is. with background image: coffee latte near white wireless keyboard and Apple EarPods on the table photography
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Go where the pain is, go where the pleasure is.

--Anne Rice
quote by Bob Mayer: Writing is a lonely profession. with background image: white lead pencil on surface
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Writing is a lonely profession.

--Bob Mayer
quote by Claire Tomalin: The book doesn't end when you finish writing it. with background image: Magic Keyboard beside mug and click pen
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The book doesn't end when you finish writing it.

--Claire Tomalin
quote by Corey Stoll: Good writing is everything. with background image: white lead pencil on surface
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Good writing is everything.

--Corey Stoll
quote by Elmore Leonard: If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it. with background image: shallow focus photography of fountain pen
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If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.

--Elmore Leonard
quote by Gwendolyn Brooks: Writing is a delicious agony. with background image: person holding pencil near laptop computer
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Writing is a delicious agony.

--Gwendolyn Brooks
quote by Horton Foote: A lot of writing is thinking. with background image: person holding pencil near laptop computer
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A lot of writing is thinking.

--Horton Foote
quote by Irvine Welsh: There is a kind of mysticism to writing. with background image: white spiral notebook on black wooden table
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There is a kind of mysticism to writing.

--Irvine Welsh
quote by Joss Whedon: I write to be the characters that I am not. with background image: white spiral notebook on black wooden table
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I write to be the characters that I am not.

--Joss Whedon
quote by J. Michael Straczynski: When in doubt, blow something up. with background image: white printer paper
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When in doubt, blow something up.

--J. Michael Straczynski
quote by J. Michael Straczynski: Writing is the process of asking the next logical question. with background image: white spiral notebook on black wooden table
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Writing is the process of asking the next logical question.

--J. Michael Straczynski
quote by James Dashner: Be unpredictable, Be Real, Be Interesting. Tell a good story. with background image: silver click pen on white paper
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Be unpredictable, Be Real, Be Interesting. Tell a good story.

--James Dashner
quote by Jeff Lindsay: Good writing does not come from verbiage but from words. with background image: silver click pen on white paper
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Good writing does not come from verbiage but from words.

--Jeff Lindsay
quote by Jonathan Galassi: Writing is inherently scary. with background image: person holding brown pencil
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Writing is inherently scary.

--Jonathan Galassi
quote by Joshua Cohen: Writing is a conviction before it is a craft. with background image: black and silver retractable pen on blank book
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Writing is a conviction before it is a craft.

--Joshua Cohen
quote by Julianna Baggott: Writing stories is the habit of lying put to good use. with background image: coffee latte near white wireless keyboard and Apple EarPods on the table photography
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Writing stories is the habit of lying put to good use.

--Julianna Baggott
quote by Jeff Daniels: Give me good writing, and I'll play it all day. with background image: person holding brown pencil
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Give me good writing, and I'll play it all day.

--Jeff Daniels
quote by Lee Child: Writing is showbusiness for shy people. That's how I see it. with background image: Magic Keyboard beside mug and click pen
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Writing is showbusiness for shy people. That's how I see it.

--Lee Child
quote by Lev Grossman: Don't take anyone's writing advice too seriously. with background image: silver click pen on white paper
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Don't take anyone's writing advice too seriously.

--Lev Grossman
quote by Mal Peet: Writing is a form of licensed madness. with background image: white ceramic pencil organizer on top of stack of books
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Writing is a form of licensed madness.

--Mal Peet
quote by Mohsin Hamid: Being a writer is not the point. Writing is. with background image: coffee latte near white wireless keyboard and Apple EarPods on the table photography
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Being a writer is not the point. Writing is.

--Mohsin Hamid
quote by Margaret Mahy: Every writer has to find their own way into writing. with background image: white ceramic pencil organizer on top of stack of books
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Every writer has to find their own way into writing.

--Margaret Mahy
quote by Marissa Moss: Writing is hard, hard work; that's just the way it is. with background image: white ceramic pencil organizer on top of stack of books
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Writing is hard, hard work; that's just the way it is.

--Marissa Moss
quote by Maxine Kumin: Writing is my salvation. If I didn't write, what would I do? with background image: coffee latte near white wireless keyboard and Apple EarPods on the table photography
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Writing is my salvation. If I didn't write, what would I do?

--Maxine Kumin
quote by Paul Engle: Writing is rewriting what you have rewritten. with background image: black and silver retractable pen on blank book
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Writing is rewriting what you have rewritten.

--Paul Engle
quote by Peter Mayle: Best advice on writing I've ever received. Finish. with background image: white ceramic pencil organizer on top of stack of books
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Best advice on writing I've ever received. Finish.

--Peter Mayle
quote by Omar Epps: Writing is the beast unto itself. with background image: white lead pencil on surface
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Writing is the beast unto itself.

--Omar Epps
quote by Rita Dove: Creative writing and literacy go hand and hand. with background image: white ceramic pencil organizer on top of stack of books
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Creative writing and literacy go hand and hand.

--Rita Dove
quote by Rita Dove: What writing does is to reveal. with background image: person holding pencil near laptop computer
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What writing does is to reveal.

--Rita Dove
quote by Robert Hass: Writing is an incessant process of discovery. with background image: notebook on table
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Writing is an incessant process of discovery.

--Robert Hass
quote by Sam Shepard: All good writing comes out of aloneness. with background image: shallow focus photography of fountain pen
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All good writing comes out of aloneness.

--Sam Shepard
quote by Sherman Alexie: Writing is a lonely business. with background image: green and white ceramic figurine
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Writing is a lonely business.

--Sherman Alexie
quote by Steven Berkoff: Writing is an antidote for loneliness. with background image: person cooking on seashore
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Writing is an antidote for loneliness.

--Steven Berkoff
quote by Susan Wiggs: Writing is a struggle no matter what the genre. with background image: person holding pencil near laptop computer
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Writing is a struggle no matter what the genre.

--Susan Wiggs
quote by Theodore Sturgeon: Writing is a communication. with background image: person holding brown pencil
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Writing is a communication.

--Theodore Sturgeon
quote by Terry McMillan: Few writers are willing to admit writing is autobiographical. with background image: Magic Keyboard beside mug and click pen
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Few writers are willing to admit writing is autobiographical.

--Terry McMillan
quote by William Strunk, Jr. : Omit needless words. with background image: white lead pencil on surface
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Omit needless words.

--William Strunk, Jr.
quote by William Strunk, Jr. : Vigorous writing is concise. with background image: person holding brown pencil
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Vigorous writing is concise.

--William Strunk, Jr.
quote by William H. Gass: Getting even is one reason for writing. with background image: notebook on table
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Getting even is one reason for writing.

--William H. Gass
quote by Louise Brooks: Writing is 1 percent inspiration, and 99 percent elimination. with background image: silver click pen on white paper
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Writing is 1 percent inspiration, and 99 percent elimination.

--Louise Brooks
quote by Hilda Doolittle: Writing. Love is writing. with background image: person holding pencil near laptop computer
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Writing. Love is writing.

--Hilda Doolittle
quote by Amy Joy: Writing is easy. Writing well is hard work. with background image: coffee latte near white wireless keyboard and Apple EarPods on the table photography
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Writing is easy. Writing well is hard work.

--Amy Joy
quote by Amy Joy: Anyone who says writing is easy isn't doing it right. with background image: white ceramic pencil organizer on top of stack of books
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Anyone who says writing is easy isn't doing it right.

--Amy Joy
quote by Gina Greenlee: Endings are the embryos of new beginnings. with background image: black and silver retractable pen on blank book
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Endings are the embryos of new beginnings.

--Gina Greenlee
quote by Gina Greenlee: Sometimes we have to break down to break through. with background image: coffee latte near white wireless keyboard and Apple EarPods on the table photography
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Sometimes we have to break down to break through.

--Gina Greenlee
quote by Rob Bignell: Writing heals my heart like no pill ever could. with background image: white ceramic pencil organizer on top of stack of books
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Writing heals my heart like no pill ever could.

--Rob Bignell
quote by C. Kennedy: Poetic license is not a license to scribe recklessly. with background image: notebook on table
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Poetic license is not a license to scribe recklessly.

--C. Kennedy
quote by Dale Peck: Writing fiction is fundamentally an irrational act. with background image: Magic Keyboard beside mug and click pen
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Writing fiction is fundamentally an irrational act.

--Dale Peck
quote by Buffy Andrews: Conflict. Conflict. Where art thou conflict? with background image: person holding brown pencil
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Conflict. Conflict. Where art thou conflict?

--Buffy Andrews
quote by Anthony Marais: Modernity of form is the style of old fogies yet to be. with background image: white ceramic pencil organizer on top of stack of books
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Modernity of form is the style of old fogies yet to be.

--Anthony Marais
quote by Isabel Allende: Writing is a process, a journey into memory and the soul. with background image: adult black and tan dachshund
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Writing is a process, a journey into memory and the soul.

--Isabel Allende
quote by T. S. Eliot: If you start with a bang, you won't end with a whimper. with background image: two women walking on bridge during daytime
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If you start with a bang, you won't end with a whimper.

--T. S. Eliot
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