Write Thinking


Once you attempt legislation upon religious grounds, you open the way for every kind of intolerance and religious persecution. ~ William Butler Yeats

The essential qualities required for publication: patience and endurance. ~ David James Poissant

The most potent muse is always a firm deadline. ~ Doug Wright, playwright

If you feed your confidence, you’ll starve your fear.  ~ unknown

The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs . . . one step at a time.  ~ Joe Girard

It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done. ~Vincent Van Gogh


...a protagonist’s first duty is not to be likeable, but fascinating. In my experience, the flawed tend to be more interesting than the flawless, yet editors look for a cross between Pollyanna and Mother Teresa, with sex appeal. ~ Linda Gillard

when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what’s wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong. ~ Neil Gaiman

I tell my younger writers not to write about the things you remember, but the things that you wish you could forget.  ~  Sandra Cisneros

Never underestimate the reader’s imagination. It is more powerful than all your fine writing. ~ David Lavender, re-quoted in The Writer, August 2015


I find television to be very educating. Every time someone turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.  ~ Groucho Marx

Research is, for me, the La Brea Tar pits of the novel. It’s a great place to sink. ~ Ann Patchett

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. ~ Scott Adams

The most important part of the writer’s anatomy is not the brain, where ideas are born, or the hands that transfer those ideas into concrete form, but the backside. ~ Phillip Margolin

Perfect prose is sometimes like bragging in Texas—all hat and no cattle. ~ Allison K Williams

Good writing is the hardest form of thinking.  ~ Pat Conroy

Only a writer will hold conversations between people that don’t exist. We don’t talk to ourselves, we talk to the people we created from nothing. ~ Joseph Eastwood


The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears, or the sea. ~ Isak Dinesen

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid. ~ Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

We all have our time machines. Some take us back, they’re called memories. Some take us forward, they’re called dreams. ~ Jeremy Irons

Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There’s plenty of movement, but you never know if it’s going to be forward, backwards, or sideways. ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. ~ Winston Churchill

Wanting to meet an author because you like his work is like wanting to meet a duck because you like pâté. ~ Margaret Atwood, as quoted in the London Evening Standard, 2002

Ideas are cheap. It’s good execution that’s expensive. ~ Christopher Robinson