Without tradition

27 September 2016

Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.

Winston Churchill

There’s only one thing certain

26 September 2016

There’s only one thing certain. That is one’s own inadequacy.

Franz Kafka

Progress is impossible

24 September 2016

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.

George Bernard Shaw

The first rule

23 September 2016

The first rule of hurricane coverage is that every broadcast must begin with palm trees bending in the wind.

Carl Hiaasen

You can find my book

22 September 2016

You can find my book at your favorite bookstore, and if it isn’t there, find a new favorite.

Joan Rivers

Show me

20 September 2016

Show me a hero and I’ll write you a tragedy.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

To be a writer

19 September 2016

To be a writer you have to write — and no academic degree is going to do the writing for you.

Michelle Richmond

Signing with a publisher

18 September 2016

Signing with a publisher is like getting into the car with a drunk driver. You really can’t be surprised when they crash and cripple you.

Joe Konrath (in a comment)

Think left

18 September 2016

Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try.

Dr. Seuss

It’s a shame publishers send rejection slips

17 September 2016

It’s a shame publishers send rejection slips. Writers should get something more substantial than a slip that amounts to a pile of confetti. Publishers should send something heavier. Editors should send out rejection bricks, so at the end of a lot of years, you would have something to show besides a wheelbarrow of rejection slips. Instead you could have enough bricks to build a house.

Jerry Spinelli

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