Living Lines and Written Rhymes

A lovely accumulation of book reviews, writing articles, quotes, submitted works, and appreciation for the written word, particularly YA fiction, poetry, and journalism.

“Write from the soul, not from some notion about what you think the marketplace wants.The market is fickle; the soul is eternal.”

—   Jeffrey Carver (via maxkirin)

“Beware of self-indulgence. The romance surrounding the writing profession carries several myths: that one must suffer in order to be creative; that one must be cantankerous and objectionable in order to be bright; that ego is paramount over skill; that one can rise to a level from which one can tell the reader to go to hell. These myths, if believed, can ruin you.
If you believe you can make a living as a writer, you already have enough ego.”

—   David Brin (via writingquotes)

(via 90daywrite)

“I have lived a thousand lives and I’ve loved a thousand loves. I’ve walked on distant worlds and seen the end of time. Because I read.”

—   George R. R. Martin. (via ifreakinlovebooks)

(via figmentdotcom)

thejournalofbisonjack:

The Cradle
There is a small box of love letters under my bed; evidence of my youth and a time when our hearts were all that mattered.I am not nostalgic, although naturally like most I sometimes dwell on the whys and what ifs,and I am certainly not going to pretend that I have no regrets, but as I sit here on the edge of my bed—in the silence that comes with evening and cradles reflection—I think I am ready to answer them.

thejournalofbisonjack:

The Cradle

There is a small box
of love letters under my bed;
evidence of my youth and
a time when our hearts were
all that mattered.
I am not nostalgic, although
naturally like most I sometimes
dwell on the whys and what ifs,
and I am certainly not going to
pretend that I have no regrets,
but as I sit here on the edge of
my bed—in the silence that
comes with evening and cradles
reflection—I think I am ready
to answer them.

(via thejournalofbisonjack)

“What I say is, a town isn’t a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it’s got a bookstore it knows it’s not fooling a soul.”

—   


Neil Gaiman; American Gods

Book Geek Quote #544

(via bookgeekconfessions)

(via 90daywrite)

“Rejected pieces aren’t failure; unwritten pieces are.”

—   Greg Daugherty (via planb-becomeapirate)

(Source: writingquotes, via characterandwritinghelp)

“If you want to write, you can. Fear stops most people from writing, not lack of talent, whatever that is. Who am I? What right have I to speak? Who will listen to me if I do? You’re a human being, with a unique story to tell, and you have every right. If you speak with passion, many of us will listen. We need stories to live, all of us. We live by story. Yours enlarges the circle.”

—   Richard Rhodes (via maxkirin)

TEDxEast - Sarah Kay-Poetess/Storyteller

Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye, When Love Arrives