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Pep Talk: Inspiring Quotes for Writers

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Quotes that inspire us as writers are very personal, I find. So here are a few of my own inspirational writing quotes. May you find at least one or two that are helpful to you. Enjoy!

“Writing isn't about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it's about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well

January 17, 2014 | Susan Williams

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Hey! I Didn’t Rip All My Hair Out: My First Semester as a Low-Residency MFA Student

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By Liz Breen


When I graduated college, all I could think was “See ya, suckers!” Of course I loved my time as an undergraduate, but I was eager to go. I had a job lined up that paid real American dollars and an apartment I vowed would remain poster-free. Yes, on that May day, I would have told you I was done with school forever.

Cut to six months later

December 30, 2013 | Liz Breen

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Projectile Vomit, the X-Factor and Writing

Screen Shot 2013-11-04 at 12.40.34 PMLast week a 9th grader climbed up on the elevated stage at my daughter’s school to sing an Adele song in front of hundreds of fellow students.  His shoulders and hands trembled with nerves. As he began to sing, his voice cracked. Kids in the audience felt his anxiety and cast glances at each other.

November 7, 2013 | Katrin Schumann

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Crime Transcending

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By Ron MacLean

My two favorite crime novels – James Crumley's The Last Good Kiss and Raymond Chandler's The Long Goodbye – have a lot in common. Both have stood the test of time. Both are world-weary and just this side of cynical. More importantly, both transcend their genre to be lasting works of literature: books more about the relentlessly fallible human condition than about crime or crime-solving.

August 23, 2013 | Ron MacLean

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