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To make sense of what I do…

Sometimes in order to make sense of what I do, I turn to the words of some of the most illustrious writers, their thoughts on the process. Here are a few of my favorite quotes…

“To gain your own voice, you have to forget about having it heard.”
—Allen Ginsberg

Very true, Mr. Ginsberg. And thank you for Howl, which is best read aloud, says my cousin Christopher, after drinking bourbon.

“Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of
some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were
not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor
—George Orwell

No $@*&. Sigh.

“The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.”
—Philip Roth

I’m on my way, Phil. Is it hot it here?

“I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before
developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide.”
—Harper Lee, WD

Got one of those.

“The most beautiful things are those that madness prompts and reason writes.”
—Andre Gide

Comforting to know my madness is good for something.

“You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.”
–Saul Bellow
I read this quote years ago and so far it has always been true! If I can read it. Does anyone else have a favorite quote that inspires you? It doesn’t have to be about writing…


  1. One of my favorite quotes. “To gain your own voice, you have to forget about having it heard.”
    —Allen Ginsberg

  2. I don’t know the source of my inspirational quote, it was very possible some crazy chef in some crazy kitchen from back in the day. However, these words get my projects finished.

    “Shut up and dance.”