There's no end
to the things you might know, depending how far beyond Zebra you go! {Dr. Seuss}

Monday, October 20, 2014

MQD – 13 Spooktacular Quotes on Writing! Part 9 (and it’s my BIRTHDAY!!)


All I’ve ever wanted to do is darken the day and brighten the night.
{Clive Barker}

Once you have a skeleton in place, you are able to stand back and ‘see’ her story in an entirely new light.
{Martha Alderson}

Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. 
{George Addair}

God be thanked for books; they are the voices of the distant and the dead, and make us heirs of the spiritual life of past ages.
{William Ellery Channing}

By the end, you should be inside your character, actually operating from within somebody else, and knowing him pretty well, as that person knows himself or herself. You’re sort of a predator, an invader of people.
{William Trevor}

I have found that, in my own writing, a little hatred, keenly directed, is a useful thing. 
{Alice Walker}

Write about the emotions you fear the most.
{Laurie Halse Anderson}

When you write about what you dream, you become a writer. When you dream about what you write, you become haunted by a curse.
{A. Saleh}

You grow ravenous. You run fevers. You know exhilarations. You can’t sleep at night because your beast-creature ideas want out and turn you in your bed. It is a grand way to live.
{Ray Bradbury}

I’ve been doing this a long time now, and I’m going to do it until I die. Which probably won’t be long, given the constant insane deadline pressure.
{Warren Ellis}

It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.
{James Baldwin}

To me the purpose of art is to produce something alive...but with a separate, and of course one hopes, with an everlasting life of its own. 
{Henry Green}

If it doesn't haunt you, you'll never write it well. What haunts and obsesses you may, with luck and labour, interest your readers. 
{Steven Heighton}

It's my birthday today, woohoo! Chocolate cake, here I come!!

Have a great week and happy writing, Zigzaggers!

See these past posts for more ghoulish quotes on writing:

Monday, October 13, 2014

MQD – 13 Spooktacular Quotes on Writing! Part 8

Insanity is knowing that what you’re doing is completely idiotic, but still, somehow, you just can’t stop it.
{Elizabeth Wurtzel}

I try to write about the stuff that torments us all.
{Danielle Steel}

Without literature, life is hell.
{Charles Bukowski}

Somehow our devils are never quite what we expect when we meet them face to face.
{Nelson DeMille}

It’s not the one thing nor the other that leads to madness, but the space in between.
{Jeanette Winterson}

I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I’m afraid of.
 {Joss Whedon}

I edit my own stories to death. They eventually run and hide from me.
 {Jeanne Voelker}

The artist must bow to the monster of his own imagination.
{Richard Wright}

I don't think the spider has an ego about what it creates; it just keeps going, as if its life depended on it (because, of course, it does). What would happen if you adopted the same attitude?
{Christina Katz}

I realized the amazing power of literature and of the human imagination generally: to make the dead live and to stop the living from dying.
{Ivan Klima}

I firmly believe that a story is only as good as the villain.
{Clive Barker}

No one ever committed suicide while reading a good book, but many have tried while trying to write one.
{Robert Byrne}

Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose, or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic and fear which is inherent in a human situation.
{Graham Greene}

Have a great week and happy writing, Zigzaggers!

See these past posts for more ghoulish quotes on writing:

Monday, October 6, 2014

MQD – 13 Spooktacular Quotes on Writing! Part 7

If you’re creating anything at all, it’s really dangerous to care about what people think.
{Kristen Wiig}

Writers, especially poets, are particularly prone to madness.
{Nick Flynn}

When I’m writing I find it’s the only time that I feel completely self-possessed, even when the writing itself is not going too well. It’s fine therapy for people who are perpetually scared of nameless threats as I am most of the time.
{William Styron}

You are the ghoul of literature. 
{Don DeLillo}

Writing is a mysterious activity.
{Susan Sontag}

The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.
{William Butler Yeats}

You would go mad if you began to speculate about the impact your novel might have while you were still writing it.
{Jonathan Coe}

Yet she couldn’t help herself. She couldn’t stop writing. She was like a medium receiving messages from the dead.
{Cathy Holton}

I am a better writer for having fewer demons, and I am more curious about the world and the people in it. So those of you thinking you might need your demons in order to be creative: I beg to differ.
{Rick Moody}

If you're horrible to me, I'm going to write a song about it, and you won't like it. That's how I operate.
{Taylor Swift}

The first draft is just a skeleton—just bare bones. It’s like the very first rehearsal of a play, where the director moves the actors around mechanically to get a feel of the action.
{Phyllis Reynolds Naylor}

Anyone who goes into writing has to find out somewhere along the line, he’s either naïve or insane.
{Leon Uris}

An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself.
{Charles Dickens}

Have a great week and happy writing, Zigzaggers!

See these past posts for more ghoulish quotes on writing:

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Writers Born in October

On the first of every month this year, I’m listing writers’ birthdays! I know there are more than I have recorded, so please share in the comments other beloved/famous/well-known writers who were born this month. If you’re unfamiliar with the writer, I linked the birth year to Wikipedia so you can find out more about him or her!

October 1
• Julie Andrews Edwards, 1935 
• Tim O’Brien, 1946 

October 2
• Wallace Stevens, 1879
• Graham Greene, 1904 
• Gene Weingarten, 1951

October 3
• Louis Aragon, 1897
• Thomas Wolfe, 1900
• James Herriot, 1916
• Gore Vidal, 1925 

October 4
• Donald Sobol, 1924
• Jackie Collins, 1937
• Karen Cushman, 1941 
• Anne Rice, 1941 

October 5
• Louise Fitzhugh, 1928
• Clive Barker, 1952

October 6
• Caroline Gordon, 1895
• David Brin, 1950 

October 7
• Thomas Keneally, 1935
• Diane Ackerman, 1948
• Sherman Alexie, 1966 

October 8
• R.L. Stine, 1943

October 9
• Belva Plain, 1915 

October 10
• Harold Pinter, 1930
• Nora Roberts, 1950

October 11
 Elmore Leonard, 1925
• Richard Paul Evans, 1962

October 12
Eugenio Montale, 1896
• Marina Lewycka, 1946

October 13
Conrad Richter, 1890
• Arna Bontemps, 1902

October 14
• Lois Lenski, 1893
• E.E. Cummings, 1894
• Kate Grenville, 1950

October 15
• Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844 
• P.G. Wodehouse, 1881 
• Mario Puzo, 1920 
• Italo Calvino, 1923
• Ed McBain, 1926 

October 16
• Noah Webster, 1758
• Oscar Wilde, 1854
• Eugene O'Neill, 1888 
• Kathleen Winsor, 1919
• Alafair Burke, 1969

October 17
• Arthur Miller, 1915 
• Robert Jordan, 1948
• Wally Lamb, 1950
• Patrick Ness, 1971

October 18
• Terry McMillan, 1951
• Rick Moody, 1961

October 19
• John le Carré, 1931
• Philip Pullman, 1946
• Tracy Chevalier, 1962 

October 20
• Arthur Rimbaud, 1854
• Felisberto Hernández, 1902
• Philip Whalen, 1923
• Michael McClure, 1932
• Robert Pinsky, 1940
• Elfriede Jelinek, 1946 
• Kate Mosse, 1961

October 21
• Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1772 
• Ursula K. Le Guin, 1929 

October 22
• Doris Lessing, 1919 
• A.L. Kennedy, 1965

October 23
• Michael Crichton, 1942 
• Antjie Krog, 1952
• Laurie Halse Anderson, 1961
• Augusten Burroughs, 1965 
• Aravind Adiga, 1974

October 24
• Sarah Josepha Hale, 1788
• Brenda Ueland, 1891

October 25
• Anne Tyler, 1941 
• Zadie Smith, 1975

October 26
• Pat Conroy, 1945
• Marisha Pessl, 1977 

October 27
• Enid Bagnold, 1889 
• Daniel P. Mannix, 1911
• Dylan Thomas, 1914
• Sylvia Plath, 1932 
• Maxine Hong Kingston, 1940
• Fran Lebowitz, 1950 
• Steve Almond, 1966
• Jonathan Stroud, 1970

October 28
• Evelyn Waugh, 1903
• John Hollander, 1929
• Anne Perry, 1938 

October 29
• Jean Giraudoux, 1882
• Henry Green, 1905
• Dominick Dunne, 1925

October 30
• Ezra Pound, 1885 
• Zoë Akins, 1886
• Timothy Findley, 1930

October 31
• John Keats, 1795 
• Katherine Paterson, 1932 
• Neal Stephenson, 1959

Who are other well-known writers born this month? If YOU have an October birthday, please share the day (and the year, if you wish) in the comments! My birthday is on October 20, woohoo!

Happy writing in October, Zigzaggers!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Monday Quote Day!

Good writing is clear. Talented writing is energetic. Good writing avoids errors. Talented writing makes things happen in the reader’s mind–vividly, forcefully.
{Samuel R. Delany}

The first draft isn’t about getting it right, it’s about getting it done.
{Ava Jae}

What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.
{Ralph Waldo Emerson}

We don’t need a list of rights and wrongs, tables of dos and don’ts: we need books, time, and silence. ‘Thou shalt not’ is soon forgotten, but ‘Once upon a time’ lasts forever.
{Philip Pullman}

I write. The longer I live, the more convinced I’ve become that I cultivate my truest self in this one way.
{Tom Chiarella}

I’m a rewriter. That’s the part I like best … once I have a pile of paper to work with, it’s like having the pieces of a puzzle. I just have to put the pieces together to make a picture.
{Judy Blume}

Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.
{Samuel Johnson}

I had been transformed, moved by the revelation that humans create art, that to be an artist was to see what others could not.
{Patti Smith}
Have a great week and happy writing, Zigzaggers!

Monday, September 22, 2014

MQD: Banned Books Week – Celebrating the Freedom to Read!


I never heard of anyone who was really literate or who ever really loved books who wanted to suppress any of them.
{Robertson Davies}

I think literature is best when it's voicing what we would prefer not to talk about.
{Rick Moody}

Free and fair access to books–to reading–is a right and one we should fight for.
{Kate Mosse}

I hate it that Americans are taught to fear some books and some ideas as though they are diseases.
{Kurt Vonnegut}
Censorship is the child of fear and the father of ignorance.
{Laurie Halse Anderson}

Banning books is just another form of bullying. It’s all about fear and an assumption of power. The key is to address the fear and deny the power.
{James Howe}

Banning books gives us silence when we need speech. It closes our ears when we need to listen. It makes us blind when we need sight.
{Stephen Chbosky}

If you didn’t want your kids to eat candy...If you didn’t want your kids to stay up late...would you forbid all their friends too? If you didn’t want your kids to read Twilight, would you forbid all their friends to read it too?
{Sonya Sones}

A word to the unwise. Torch every book. Char every page. Burn every word to ash. Ideas are incombustible. And therein lies your real fear.
{Ellen Hopkins}

Having the freedom to read and the freedom to choose is one of the best gifts my parents ever gave me.
{Judy Blume}

Learn More about Banned Books Week in the United States:

See My Past Posts Celebrating the Freedom to Read:

What is your favorite banned book? 

Happy Banned Books Week, Zigzaggers! I hope you read copious amounts of challenged and banned books all your life!!!