Words and More

Words that are speaking to my heart . . .

“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

"There are two lasting bequests we can give our children.  
One is roots.  The other is wings." ~ Hodding Carter, Jr.

"Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas everyday. 
The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. 
Most people don't see any."
--Orson Scott Card

"Forget the rules and play by your heart."  
-Love, Dove

If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. 
- Dr. Maya Angelou

"A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it." - Samuel Johnson 


But don’t write what they tell you to.
Don’t write formulaic paragraphs
Counting sentences as you go
Put your pencil down.

Don’t write to fill in lines.
For a weary scorer earning minimum wage
Handing out points for main ideas
Supported by examples
From the carefully selected text.

Write for yourself.
Write because until you do,
You will never understand
What it is you mean to say
Or who you want to be.
Write because it makes you whole.

{Read the rest of Kate's poem HERE.}

"Forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. 
Habit will sustain you whether you're inspired or not. 
Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. 
Inspiration won't. Habit is persistence in practice."
~ Octavia Butler
Shared from Ruth, Two Writing Teachers

"Way to find your voice: write and write and write and write. 
It will eventually surface and when it does, you'll know it." 
~Sharon Creech via Twitter (@ciaobellacreech) 03 March 2011
Shared from Ruth, Two Writing Teachers

"While we try to teach our Children all about life, 
our children teach us what Life is all about." 
~ Angela Schwindt

"The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you."
~ B.B. King

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." 
 ~ William Butler Yeats


  1. This is a great page. I'm going to have to make one for my blog!

  2. Oh Michelle, I love quotes! I've kept them in journals for years...A few years ago, I switched to typing them on a blog...


  3. I love the words that are speaking to your heart!


Thanks for sharing your thoughts.