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''As we write, each of us has to believe that our books are worth a tree. ''
  - Jane Yolen

''If you want to send a message, use Western Union.''
  - Samuel Goldwyn

''An artist reaches deep inside himself until he finds the music anew.''
  - Robert Downey, Jr.

''One of the greatest delights of writing is in seeing words we never expected appear on the page.''
  - Madeleine L'Engle

''...you must not come lightly to the blank page.''
  - Stephen King

''The written word
Should be clean as bone,
Clear as light,
Firm as stone.
Two words are not
As good as one.''
  - Madeleine L'Engle

''We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.''
  - Ernest Hemingway

''One of the few 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. The impulse to save something good for a better place later is the signal to spend it now. Something more will arise for later, something better.''
  - Annie Dillard

''One must imagine Sisyphus happy.''
  - Albert Camus

''Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader--not the fact that it's raining, but the feel of being rained upon.''
  - E.L. Doctorow

''What would I do if I couldn't write? Where would my thoughts go?''
  - Robert Cormier


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