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Thursday Quote: William Faulkner

“It begins with a character, usually, and once he stands up on his feet and begins to move, all I can do is trot along behind him with a paper and pencil trying to keep up long enough to put down what he says and does.” William Faulkner

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Thursday Quote: William Saroyan

“The most solid advice for a writer is this, I think: Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive, with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell, and when you get […]

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Thursday Quote: Tracy Kidder

 “You can write about anything, and if you write well enough, even the reader with no intrinsic interest in the subject will become involved.” Tracy Kidder

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Thursday Quote: Tad Williams

“…I discovered that if I trusted my subconscious, or imagination, whatever you want to call it, and if I made the characters as real and honest as I could, then no matter how complex the pattern being woven, my subconscious would find ways to tie it together — often doing things far more complicated and […]

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Thursday Quote: Jane Yolen

“Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.” Jane Yolen

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Thursday Quote: Brenda Ueland

“I learned that you should feel when writing, not like Lord Byron on a mountain top, but like a child stringing beads in kindergarten, –happy, absorbed and quietly putting one bead on after another.” Brenda Ueland

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Thursday Quote: E. L. Doctorow

“Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” E. L. Doctorow A special quote for an excellent writing teacher’s birthday. Happy belated, Kevin Miller, thanks for teaching me that you can drive all the way […]

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Thursday Quote: Melissa Scott

“Writing isn’t generally a lucrative source of income; only a few, exceptional writers reach the income levels associated with the best-sellers. Rather, most of us write because we can make a modest living, or even supplement our day jobs, doing something about which we feel passionately. Even at the worst of times, when nothing goes […]

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Tonight’s the night: Troy Night Out!

Don’t forget to swing by tonight and check out our freshly-printed copies of a vintage book: How to Grow a Small Vegetable Garden. Visit 291 River St. between 5-8 to see how a book is made, and take home a free copy!

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Thursday Quote: Advice on the Subject of Adverbs and Adjectives

“The adjective is the enemy of the noun.” Voltaire   “As to the adjective, when in doubt, strike it out.” Mark Twain   “The road to hell is paved with adverbs.” Stephen King

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