The Saturday Writing Quote — #Library Week

Celebrating National Library Week, April 8-14, all month long.

“I really didn’t realize the librarians were, you know, such a dangerous group. … You think they’re just sitting at the desk, all quiet and everything. They’re like plotting the revolution, man. I wouldn’t mess with them. You know, they’ve had their budgets cut. They’re paid nothing. Books are falling apart. The libraries are just like the ass end of everything, right?”
— Michael Moore (on how librarians pressured Harper-Collins into reversing its decision to censor his new book.)

(Photo: Western Heritage Center, Billings, Montana, formerly the Parmly Billings Library, 1901 until the mid 1960s)

The Saturday Writing Quote

“What interests me is the complex of conditions that makes being human fascinating. Most significantly the war between selfishness and compassion, or the all-too-often screaming gap between the way we are and the way we want to be. That’s where horror is, along with comedy, imagination, love.”

– Glen Duncan, British novelist, The Writer, June 2014

The Saturday Writing Quote — the telling detail

“In my experience, a writer is best served by creating characters who are either insiders or outsiders in a place. That is, the authority comes from either being incredibly intimate with the location, or with being a total newcomer. In either instance, a single telling detail can make everything else leap into relief around it.”

– short story writer and novelist Antonya Nelson, The Writer, Sept 2010

The Saturday Writing Quote — on empathy

“Writing stories is not, despite appearances, about spending lots of time with oneself. It’s about learning to be able to look beyond the self, beyond the ego, to enter other lives and other worlds, It’s about honing one’s sense of empathy so that a story might bridge the gap between the personal and the communal.”

– Anthony Doerr, The Writer, Oct 2014

Saturday Writing Quote — Julia Cameron on creativity

“Creativity does not depend on money. It depends on our sense of abundance. When we tend ourselves creatively, we often trigger an increased flow financially. Creativity is an act of faith. We extend ourselves, believing that good will come to pass. This act of faith brings us closer to our Creator, closer to our flow of good.”

– Julia Cameron with Emma Lively, Prosperity Every Day: A Daily Companion on Your Journey to Greater Wealth and Happiness (The Writer, June 2015)

Saturday Writing Quote — Julia Cameron on risk

“We tell ourselves that risk is dangerous, and yet, no risk is more dangerous. When we cling to our known life, we deny ourselves the chance for expression. A habit of risk—small risk building upon small risk—prepares us to meet opportunity with optimism.”

– Julia Cameron with Emma Lively, Prosperity Every Day: A Daily Companion on Your Journey to Greater Wealth and Happiness (The Writer, June 2015)