Food for Thought at Muse 2012

This weekend’s “Muse and the Marketplace” conference, a wonderful annual conference put on by Grub Street in Boston (, is overflowing with ideas for writers, editors, agents and publishers. As additional food for thought, I collected some quotes about writers and writing and had them put on cookies that are available for conference attendees.

If you’re at Muse and wondered what all the quotes are, or if you’re not here at the conference and would just like some food for thought, here they are.

Easy reading is damn hard writing. — Nathaniel Hawthorne


FoodWriterYou can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.– Jack London

There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you. — Beatrix Potter

Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void but out of chaos. — Mary Shelley

The role of a writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say. — Anais Nin

We have to be continuously jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down. — Kurt Vonnegut

cookieAnd here’s a photo of a “sweet Tweet” cookie, which of fered a link to a terrific talk by Jason Allen Ashlock of Moveable Type Management, given as part of Grub Street’s “Publish It Forward” lecture series. Watch it here:

Let me know which one is your favorite, or add your own favorite writing quote in the comments.


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