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Writing children's books gives a writer a very strong
by Helen Dunmore

Writing children's books gives a writer a very strong
sense of narrative drive.
- Helen Dunmore

The language has got to be fully alive -
I can't bear dull,
flaccid writing myself and I don't see why any reader should put up with it.
- Helen Dunmore

If we understand the past, we are more likely to recognise
what is happening around us.
- Helen Dunmore

Writing poetry makes you intensely conscious of how words sound,
both aloud and inside the head of the reader.
You learn the weight of words and how they sound to the ear.
- Helen Dunmore

 

I would like people to come into my Dreamworld and then choose to stay.
- Helen Dunmore

Poets go through a very tough apprenticeship in the use of words.
- Helen Dunmore

I enjoy research; in fact research is so engaging that
it would be easy to go on for years,
and never write the novel at all.
- Helen Dunmore

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However, I began to submit poems to British magazines,
and some were accepted.
It was a great moment to see my first poems published.
It felt like entering a tradition.
- Helen Dunmore

I was always influenced by language.
- Helen Dunmore

I could start with Mandelstam, who was a huge influence on my early writing.
- Helen Dunmore

As individuals, we are shaped by story from the time of birth;
we are formed by what we are told by our parents,
our teachers, our intimates.
- Helen Dunmore

I hope that readers will tear through my books because
they can't stop themselves -
and then,
maybe, read them again and find new things there.
- Helen Dunmore

Those who try to obliterate the past are injuring the present.
- Helen Dunmore

My first collection of poems was published by Bloodaxe Books,
which was then a very new imprint.
- Helen Dunmore

I didn't choose Russia but Russia chose me.
I had been fascinated from an early age by the culture,
the language, the literature and the history to the place.
- Helen Dunmore

A novel, in the end, is a container,
a shape which you are trying to pour your story into.
- Helen Dunmore

Fiction came quite a while later.
I began with short stories and fiction for children.
- Helen Dunmore

However, the difficulties and pleasures of the writing
itself are similar for a novel with a historical setting
and a novel with a contemporary setting,
as far as I'm concerned.
- Helen Dunmore

When you are young you don't always realise how full of doubts everybody is.
- Helen Dunmore

It is a violation which has obsessed the tyrants of the twentieth century.
They do not want simply to kill their opponents,
but to liquidate them, to deny that they have ever existed.
- Helen Dunmore

The poets whom I knew then were all men and all seemed
dauntingly sure of themselves -
although I am sure that really they were as uncertain as I was.
- Helen Dunmore

Children will not pretend to be enjoying books,
and they will not read books because they have been
told that these books are good.
They are looking for delight.
- Helen Dunmore

To try to expunge an individual's history is a terrible violation.
- Helen Dunmore

I concentrate on the lives of individuals whom the
reader comes to know and feel with intimately.
- Helen Dunmore

Mourning Ruby is not a flat landscape:
it is more like a box with pictures painted on every face.
And each face is also a door which opens,
I hope, to take the reader deep into the book.
- Helen Dunmore

I can remember being in my pram: children stayed in
their prams much longer then than they do now.
A big bouncy pram with black covers and a hood with
metal clips that could trap your fingers.
I was looking up at my sister who was sitting on the pram seat,
with her back to me.
- Helen Dunmore

I have learned so much from working with other poets,
travelling and reading with them, spending days discussing poems in progress.
There is the sense that we are all, as writers,
part of something which is more powerful than any of us.
- Helen Dunmore

Writing is a dance with the uncertainties of language.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God
who is sending a love letter to the world.
- Mother Teresa

Do you have a plan for your life?
If not, allocate some time today to sit quietly
with pen and paper to begin writing your life plan -
what you want to accomplish with your life,
and what projects will support your goals.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

For my part, I consider that it will be found much better
by all parties to leave the past to history,
especially as I propose to write that history myself.
- Winston Churchill

LOVE LETTERS TO YOURSELF
This is taken from a love letter (a gentle reminder)
I wrote to myself recently.
Live in your joy today.
Be authentic. Love yourself. First.
Love others from your own abundance.
Life Changes. Circumstances change.
Sometimes you try to fit your old way
of being into new circumstances
rather than becoming new yourself.
Embrace transformation as an opportunity.
And keep on writing love letters to yourself.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The digital revolution is far more significant than
the invention of writing or even of printing.
- Douglas Engelbart

Nothing goes by luck in composition.
It allows of no tricks.
The best you can write will be the best you are.
- Henry David Thoreau

Was it only by dreaming or writing that I could find out what I thought?
- Joan Didion

If you can't annoy somebody with what you write,
I think there's little point in writing.
- Kingsley Amis

We do not need to proselytize
either by our speech or by our writing.
We can only do so really with our lives.
Let our lives be open books for all to study.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.
- Laurie Anderson

I wasn't very good about juggling family and my career.
I was interested in who was coming to the children's birthday party,
what my son was writing.
I was thinking about Legos.
- Jill Clayburgh

I had been writing fiction since I was in eighth grade,
because I loved it.
- Thomas Perry

I got done writing Ports of Call and suddenly realized
I have far too much material for the book.
- Jack Vance

The difficulty of writing a good theatre play set in
new reality was even greater given that the level of
similitude to life that is allowed in a film would not work on the stage.
- Andrzej Wajda

You can get stale writing with each other for a while.
- Barry Mann

I've been writing full-time since 1978.
- Alan Dean Foster

So, once I get writing I really try and put five to
eight hours a day in my room with a guitar to really
try and come up with stuff that feels interesting enough to me to keep it.
- Catie Curtis

Even when I'm writing plays I enjoy having company
and mentally I think of that company as the company I'm writing for.
- Wole Soyinka

I was well traveled, and I created this illusion of
literacy through reading and writing.
I wrote a book of short stories.
- Tom T. Hall

I was 37 years old.
I wanted to support myself by writing.
- Judith Rossner

The more interesting the 9-to-5 work is,
the more it takes away from my real work,
which is writing.
- Judith Rossner

Writing is manual labor of the mind:
a job,
like laying pipe.
- John Gregory Dunne

It's very selfish when I write.
I'm not aware, ever, of writing for another person;
I'm not even really aware of writing for myself.
- Tanith Lee

Somebody's always getting me to come lecture to their writing class,
and I don't talk about writing at all,
I talk about the business of making a living at this racket.
- Jerry Pournelle

There is no way of writing well and also of writing easily.
- Anthony Trollope

I would never want to hurt anyone by writing a book.
- Kathie Lee Gifford

Re-writing is different from writing.
Original writing is very difficult.
- David Cronenberg

It really wasn't until I was in college when I began to write more and more,
and I realized I was scheduling my entire life around my writing.
- Rita Dove

I compose my own stuff.
I've been writing songs with words.
I've been playing more on the keyboard because I can
transpose it to sheet music on the computer.
- Alicia Witt

No one likes to work for free.
To copy an artist's work and download it free is stealing.
It's hard work writing and recording music,
and it's morally wrong to steal it.
- Gary Wright

I think if you are writing an instrumental you are
dealing with more of an aesthetic in a sense but a
lyric is more of a putting yourself on the line and
a much more expensive exercise.
- Leo Kottke

The question is not really about a shift to the economic
cone where officers are writing about the balance of
payments and the need for economic stabilization.
- Lawrence Eagleburger

Writing is an exploration.
You start from nothing and learn as you go.
- E. L. Doctorow

But the idea of a man making his living by writing seemed,
in that hardy environment, so fantastic that even today
I am sometimes myself assailed by a feeling of unreality.
- Robert E. Howard

Writing is like driving at night in the fog.
You can only see as far as your headlights,
but you can make the whole trip that way.
- E. L. Doctorow

I just finished writing an essay about William Maxwell,
an American writer whose work I admire very much.
- Donna Tartt

I was very happy sitting alone at a dining room table,
writing a script.
- Conrad Hall

Writing can sometimes be exploitative.
I like to take a few steps of remove in order to respect
the privacy of the subject.
If readers make the link, they have engaged with the poem.
- John Barton

My stories run up and bite me on the leg -
I respond by writing down everything that goes on during the bite.
When I finish, the idea lets go and runs off.
- Ray Bradbury

I do not pretend to write much of a letter.
You know under what circumstances I am writing.
- Joshua Chamberlain

Writing about dead white males seems to be out of favor among academics.
- Ron Chernow

As a musician I tell you that if you were to suppress adultery,
fanaticism, crime, evil, the supernatural,
there would no longer be the means for writing one note.
- Georges Bizet

I did know that the book would end with a mind-boggling trial,
but I didn't know exactly how it would turn out.
I like a little suspense when I am writing,
too.
- James Patterson


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