You do not write your life with words, the monster said. You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do.
from A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
And this is the scary truth I’ve learned: stories are living things, and we who write them must beware of entering their forests a second time.
–Mary Pope Osborne (from the letter to reader in Haunted Waters)
At my library, we’ve started an author of the month display. In honor of the season, the movie and a very prolific children’s writer, I chose R.L. Stine. So, for all my fellow writers out there, here’s some of his wisdom (That second one I really need to work on!):
If you want to be a writer, don’t worry so much about writing. Read as much as you can. Read as many different writers as you can. Soak up the styles.R.L. StineI set a goal for myself everyday when I write – 10 pages a day – and it’s much harder because I’m too dumb to turn off my Twitter and everything so it’s always on and it’s a real distraction. It’s a major distraction.R.L. Stine
quotes found brainyquote.com
Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.
Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.
~Sir Terry Pratchett
Let’s go upset some people in honor of the master.