Today we are feeding on inspiration from writers and authors from our past and present. Join us as we take a thoughtful look at their tips and musings on the craft and art of the written word and beyond.
In order to become an author, you need to write a book. Wanting to have written a book and wanting to write one are two totally different things – and both perfectly respectable desires. If you’re lucky enough to feel both, bully for you. - Sam Leith
I was set free because my greatest fear had been realized, and I still had a daughter who I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea. And so rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life. - J.K. Rowling
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business. - Henry David Thoreau
A writer looks for ‘the extraordinary magic in the everyday. For me, this statement from Flannery O’Connor is most important. No rules. Instead, revel in the sense that stories are all around us – in the detail, and in the past, present and future of our everyday world. - Jane Rusbridge
With me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion. - Edgar Allan Poe
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. - Maya Angelou
Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn't. - Mark Twain
There is no formula for writing a great book. There are no rules. W. Somerset Maugham said there were three, but no-one could agree what they were. A great book is one that you think is great. Write the book that you yourself would like to read, not the book you think others would enjoy. - R.J. Ellory
Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen; the more select, the more enjoyable. - Louisa May Alcott
Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night. - William Blake
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