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a writer’s portrait (with quotes)

woman writing in gardenengrossed in her world

she records her time in ink

composing a view

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“When I say work I only mean writing. Everything else is just odd jobs.”
—Margaret Laurence
“If a nation loses its storytellers, it loses its childhood.”
—Peter Handke
“A book is simply the container of an idea—like a bottle; what is inside the book is what matters.”
—Angela Carter
“The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.”
—Samuel Bill Johnson
“Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts.” —Larry L. King, WD
“The first sentence can’t be written until the final sentence is written.”
—Joyce Carol Oates, WD
“Anyone who is going to be a writer knows enough at 15 to write several novels.”
—May Sarton
“When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people, not characters. A character is a caricature.”
—Ernest Hemingway
“Don’t expect the puppets of your mind to become the people of your story. If they are not realities in your own mind, there is no mysterious alchemy in ink and paper that will turn wooden figures into flesh and blood.”
—Leslie Gordon Barnard, WD
“Writers live twice.”
—Natalie Goldberg

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