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Quotes to Write By – Day 28

Months ago, I wrote a poem for my husband (it was his birthday) that invoked such deep emotion in him that he cried. I considered getting the published (come on, our kids have gotta eat) at one point and instead shared it at a Wordier Than Thou open mic event.

The response was powerful from the audience.

I didn’t intend to bring people to tears. I just wanted to share the love I have for my husband. The poem, still unpublished, sits on my husband’s work desk in a frame. 🙂

Sometimes when we write we deliberately choose precise words, punctuation, and phrases to inspire certain feelings or reactions in readers. Other times, we don’t intend to stir emotions within people. But when we do it’s absolutely beautiful. From now on when I write I make sure that I’m writing from the depths of my soul, bearing the struggles, the triumphs, the heartache, heartbreak. Why? Because this practice will often ensure the best kind of writing.

Quote #28

“The best kind of writing, and the biggest thrill in writing, is to suddenly read a line from your typewriter that you didn’t know was in you.”

Larry L. King

 

 

 

Quotes to Write By – Day 21

I’ve been writing for a while and each day I realize that there’s so much more I need to learn. I remember over a decade ago when my most favorite professor, Dr. Byrd told me that I had a unique writing voice. He pointed out to me that I needed to hold onto it, to finesse it, and to be true to it.

I felt conflicted. And a little confused. I also felt a great weight of fear. I didn’t know exactly what my writing voice was. It’s not uncommon to be so close to something and not fully see it. I was too close to the mirror and had to step away in order to reflect on sound and taste of My Voice.

I was also afraid that My Voice wasn’t good enough. I’m glad that he was my teacher because he inspired me to write more and criticize myself less. That period of time in my life was what I needed. My second oldest brother had died; I was a teen mom raising a little boy due to unfortunate circumstances. I needed nurturing soil to bloom. I needed sunshine.

The season of rain and pruning came later and I was able to find glory and beauty those bitter-sweet moments. The following quote encompasses the power of a writer’s voice and why it’s important that we find it, feed it, and cultivate it.

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Quote #21

“A writer’s voice is not character alone, it is not style alone; it is far more. A writer’s voice like the stroke of an artist’s brush — is the thumbprint of her whole person — her idea, wit, humor, passions, rhythms.”

Patricia Lee Gauch

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Quotes to Write By – Day 13 . . . with a BONUS!

I have two quotes today from two different authors: Daniel José Older and Ray Bradbury.

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Older

From a superficial perspective, it appears that these men don’t have much in common. However, both Older and

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Bradbury

Bradbury are exceptionally talented writers. Yes, are. Even though Ray Bradbury has died, his stories are still read and discussed today. For example, Fahrenheit 451 was one of the first-ever dystopian novels! Bradbury was also a screenwriter and he worked in many different genres: fantasy, science-fiction, horror, mystery. Likewise, Older is not only a talented writer that writes in different genres. He is also a composer and an editor. I first learned about him over a year ago when I saw a copy of his fantasy novel, Shadowshaper, at my local library.

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Sierra, the protagonist, in all of her glory!

I had to read the book. Needed to. I don’t recall ever reading a book that spotlighted an Afro-Latina as the lead! (Review will be coming soon). Older is an expert at stringing words together without too much flowery description. The dialogue and setting is realistic. The characters are relatable!

I aspire to be like the authors Bradbury and Older by writing more and dabbling in different genres and medians to stretch, tighten, and polish my author’s voice. Why? Because I’ve got to be better than I was the day before. After all, readers of all ages and colors are relying on writers for more “honest literature”! 🙂 There’s much work to do.

 

Quote #13

“Quantity produces quality. If you only write a few things, you’re doomed.”

Ray Bradbury

BONUS QUOTE

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Quotes to Write By – Day 11

Today’s quote comes from Mildred D. Taylor, author of award-winning middle-grade titles such as, “Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry”, “The Gold Cadillac” (which I need to read), and “The Road to Memphis”, which is one of my own personal top ten coming of age books. 🙂

The following quote is not my way of criticizing anyone who takes pride in their skin color and I hope anyone that does that considers if that pride is something that they had control or a choice over. And if the answer is “no”, then what’s there to be proud about? In other words, I know about the Black Pride movement and that it was an answer to Blacks celebrating their achievements in spite of  and not because of an imperfect, ignorant, and young country that they lived in, but weren’t treated as members of.

I’m not ashamed of being Black. I wasn’t able to choose my skin color while I counted my toes and fingers in my mother’s womb, waiting to be born. However, I did accomplish a lot as a single mother, a teacher, and so much more. And for those achievements, I am proud of them because it’s what I chose to do with the life that God has given me. 🙂

Quote #11

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Quotes to Write By – Day 10

Oh oh! I was so exhausted yesterday that I was unable to post! So, without further ado . . .

here is TODAY’S (well, yesterday’s quote that I’m giving today) QUOTE! 🙂

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Born: 11/26/1909 Died: 3/28/1994 Wow! Check out that #bookstack!

Quote #10

“A writer never has a vacation. For a writer life consists of either writing or thinking about writing.”

Eugène Ionesco

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Quotes to Write By – Day 9

Today’s quote comes from poet and author, Maya Angelou.

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Maya Angelou

When I was a little girl and won my first writing competition at the age of seven, I didn’t think I could become a famous author or even published until I grew older and read books written by other people of color. In fact, I never considered it. Why? Well, to satiate your curiosity as to why I felt this way, please read this post. Tragically, the status quo hasn’t changed though. Famous black authors (famous as in equivalent to King and Patterson) are still few in number and are sadly still being underrepresented. You can read more here and here.

Hopefully, the gatekeepers will stop their dastardly deeds.

And at last, the Quote of the Day.

Quote #9

“You can only become accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.”

Maya Angelou

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Quotes to Write By – Day 7

I remember when I was in middle school and wrote every single day without fail. I had a green spiral notebook covered in doodles and stickers. I filled the pages with poems, titles to stories or chapter titles to story ideas. I poured my heart and soul onto those pages, often spilling dark secrets I wouldn’t even tell my closest friend. Once that notebook filled, I bought another one and continued the process.

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We make brooding look elegant.

Ironically, even though I was a preteen middle school student brimming with raging hormones and pressured to fit in with my peers, I sometimes think I was more bold back then. Those obstacles didn’t stop me from writing, but instead often encouraged me to write more.

Over twenty years later, my intent is to write every day. However, that doesn’t always happen and then guilt sets in or fear that what I write won’t matter because it’s not this or it’s not that.

Today’s quote comes from versatile writer, Jane Yolen.

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Jane Yolen

This “Quotes to Write By” series is helping me to stay focused and committed to writing even when I really don’t want to. I hope it helps even one other writer too.

Quote #7

“Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.”

Jane Yolen

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