Quotes on Poetry: Leonardo da Vinci

What is Art? What is Poetry? For centuries, people have been asking what is art? Is art a question? An answer? An expression? A statement? Maybe it’s sheer entertainment. It’s a question we must answer for ourselves, especially artists and writers. I believe the best art entertains while it provokes thought or emotion, but that’s…Read More

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The Only Two Writing Tips You’ll Ever Need: Read and Write

I love collecting writing tips. You never know when you’re going to stumble across a golden nugget of wisdom that will make your writing richer and more vibrant. One of the reasons I started this website was so that I could share the many valuable tips that I’ve acquired over the years. I figure that…Read More

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Writing Tips: Write Now!

  “A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word to paper.” – E. B. White What are your ideal writing conditions? Is it quiet, or are there stimulating background noises? Are you alone, curled up in a chair with a pen and a notebook, or are…Read More

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How to Write Good Books

We’re all influenced by the world around us. Natalie Goldberg’s quote on reading good books is a reminder that whatever we take in will affect whatever we put out: “If you read good books, when you write, good books will come out of you.” I believe this is a truth that goes beyond writing. When…Read More

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You Can’t Edit a Blank Page

They say it’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. We can say the same thing about writing: it’s better to write badly than to write nothing at all. Jodi Picoult offers some insight that summarizes this idea in a clear, concise manner: “You can always edit a bad…Read More

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Quotes on Writing: Robert Frost on Emotions and Poetry

“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.” ― Robert Frost Emotions are fickle. Sometimes they’re clear and brilliant: we’re happy, sad, frustrated, or angry. But emotions can also be complicated, layered, and conflicting. Sure, we’re happy, but we’re also kind of annoyed about something. We’re sad, but…Read More

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What is Poetry?

Prose Bewitched When I read Mina Loy’s description of poetry as “prose bewitched,” I felt like someone had captured the true essence of poetry for the first time. We often struggle to define abstract or obtuse concepts. One of the greatest and most challenging questions of all time is, what is art? Although dictionaries attempt to…Read More

Maya Angelou: Write with Passion

“The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.” – Maya Angelou We’ve all read books, articles, and poems that we completely forgot about once we were done. But some written works linger. They haunt us or stimulate our thoughts. They…Read More

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Quotes on Writing: Elizabeth Gilbert Says Share Your Work

  “It has never been easy for me to understand why people work so hard to create something beautiful, but then refuse to share it with anyone, for fear of criticism.” — Elizabeth Gilbert Putting yourself out there isn’t easy. When you share your work, you open it up to criticism. What if people don’t…Read More

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