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A collection of my favorite words about words, and about life.

Hodgins: I know that look.
Brennan: What?
Hodgins: You’re writing another book. When you write you get this stunned look on your face like you stuck a fork in a toaster.

~ Bones, Season 1 Episode 5

“You write. That’s the hard bit that nobody sees. You write on the good days and you write on the lousy days. Like a shark, you have to keep moving forward or you die. Writing may or may not be your salvation; it might or might not be your destiny. But that does not matter. What matters right now are the words, one after another. Find the next word. Write it down. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.”

~ Neil Gaiman, 2007 NaNoWriMo Week Three Pep Talk

“If you don’t believe in God, it may help to remember this great line of Geneen Roth’s: that awareness is learning to keep yourself company. And then learn to be more compassionate company, as if you were somebody you are fond of and wish to encourage. I doubt that you would read a close friend’s early efforts and, in his or her presence, roll your eyes and snicker. I doubt that you would pantomime sticking your finger down your throat. I think you might say something along the lines of, ‘Good for you. We can work out some of the problems later, but for now, full steam ahead!'”

~ Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

“People often write me and ask how I keep my wood floors so clean when I live with a child and a dog, and my answer is that I use a technique called Suffering From a Mental Illness.”

~ Heather Armstrong

“A ship in harbor is safe — but that is not what ships are built for.”

~ John A. Shedd, Salt from My Attic

“There are days when you just know deep in your bones that you’ve got every right to keep hoping.”

~ Just a Little Bit Lost, Laurel Trivelpiece

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