I posted some of these last summer... I think it warrants a repost... especially considering tomorrow is the final day of my Creative Writing class.
"As writers, how do we change the world? One reader at a time." & "Your work is never good enough, no matter how much you've been published." & "Most of the time, writing is banging your head against the wall. That isn't writer's block. That's the process." - Neal Shusterman
"What makes something successful is a very personal thing." - Laurent Linn
"Live your life like you're writing your own book." - John Parra
"You have to be careful who you share your work with and at what stage" -- Barney Saltzberg
"A successful PB is about invention and knowing what you love and turning it on its head." & "We need to ask a picture book: what if? then what? so what" -- Susan Rich
"A premise is a promise that your manuscript will deliver on." - Carole Boston Weatherford
"The better the character, the worse the trouble, the better the story." - Bruce Coville
"Gorgeous writing doesn't have to be lyrical but must serve the story. Satire and humor can be gorgeous." -- Tina Wexler
"The envy monster is incredibly destructive to the creative process—and it's difficult to tame. But a high tide lifts all boats." -- Marie Lu
"I consider writing time sacred. I've had to learn to say no to things." -- Marie Lu
""Secrets will draw a reader through a book like nothing else." - Bruce again...
"Don't be afraid to write crap." -- Marie Lu (but this is also what I tell my students when they are working on their first draft!)
"Get out of your own way. This thing that walked out of your limitations. It's all yours but entirely not yours" - Jon Klassen
"Being creative is not so much the desire to do something as the listening to that which wants to be done..." -Anni Albers