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“You have no refuge but writing.” ~ Tennessee Williams

18 Jul

My work is emotionally autobiographical. It has no relationship to the actual events of my life, but it reflects the emotional currents of my life. I try to work every day because you have no refuge but writing. When you’re going through a period of unhappiness, a broken love affair, the death of someone you love, or some other disorder in your life, then you have no refuge but writing.


Arianna Huffington (b. July 15): “Most people no longer believe in an afterlife.”

15 Jul


“Our current obsession with creativity is the result of our continued striving for immortality in an era when most people no longer believe in an afterlife.” 

~ Arianna Huffington, b. 15 July 1950

Robert Heinlein (b. July 7th): “Women and cats do as they please.”

7 Jul


“Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.”

~ Robert Heinlein, b. 7 July 1907

Dashiell Hammett (b. May 27) “I’ve been as bad an influence on American literature as anyone I can think of.”

27 May

Dashiell Hammet

“I’ve been as bad an influence on American literature as anyone I can think of.”

~ Dashiell Hammett, b. 27 May 1894

Barbara Kingsolver (b. April 8th): “I struggle with confidence, every time.”

8 May


“I struggle with confidence, every time. I’m never completely sure I can write another book.  Maybe my scope is too grand, my questions too hard, surely readers won’t want to follow me here.  A novel is like a cathedral, it knocks you down to size when you enter into it.”

~ Barbara Kingsolver, b. 8 April 1955


Joseph Heller (b. May 1st): “A writer is only discovered once in a lifetime.”

1 May


“I don’t think it’s good to achieve too much at too early an age. What else can the future give you if you’ve already got all that your imagination has dreamed up for you? A writer is only discovered once in a lifetime, and if it happens very early the impossibility of matching that moment again can have a somewhat corrosive effect on his personality and indeed on the work itself.”

~ Joseph Heller, b. 1 May 1923

Annie Dillard (b. April 30): “Many writers do little but sit in small rooms recalling the real world.”

30 Apr

Annie Dillard, born 30 April 1945, is an American poet, essayist, and novelist known for her intensely poetic and precise prose. She won the Pulitzer Prize in 1975 for her collection of narrative essays, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek.

Quotes on writing:

  1. I worked so hard all my life, and all I want to do now is read.
  2. All my books started out as extravagant, and ended up pure and plain.
  3. Many writers do little else but sit in small rooms recalling the real world.
  4. If you’re going to publish a book, you’re probably going to make a fool of yourself.
  5. Society places the writer so far beyond the pale that society does not regard the writer at all.
  6. I do not so much write a book as sit up with it, like a dying friend. I hold its hand and hope it will get better.
  7. Every book has an intrinsic impossibility, which its writer discovers as soon as his first excitement dwindles.
  8. At its best, the sensation of writing is that of any unmerited grace. It is handed to you, but only if you look for it.
  9. It is no less difficult to write a sentence in a recipe than sentences in Moby Dick. So you might as well write Moby Dick.
  10. One of the things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now.


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