Quotes from the Front

I've started updating the front page with a quotation. You'll see more going forward, almost always quotes that have helped me, or are helping me. Sometimes they might be from books I'm reading, or something that leapt out at me from anywhere, really. They won't always be from authors, but I suspect there'll be a lot of authors, yeah. I'll keep a log of all of them down there.

DISCLAIMER - Any quote listed does not indicate an endorsement by the author of anything written on my site, or opinions I hold.


  1. "My [writer's] block was due to two overlapping factors: laziness and lack of discipline. If you really want to write, then shut yourself in a room, close the door, and WRITE. If you don't want to write, do something else. It's as simple as that." --Mary Garden

  2. "I write many thousands of words a day and some of them go on paper." --John Steinbeck

  3. "I think one of the downsides of MFA programs is they make people really career-conscious. Fuck career. Let me tell you something: I’m so grateful to have had a publishing career so far. It’s how I make most of my living. It’s been an incredible blessing. It’s helped me take better care of my family than I could have ever thought possible. But I do not ever think about career when I’m in my writing cave. I do not. I try not to think; I dream. It’s my mantra. I just get in there and try to be these people. It’s not so I can write a book and get paid and have another book tour—though those are good problems to have. It’s because I feel an almost sacred obligation to these spirits who came before: to sit with them and write their tale." --Andre Dubus III

  4. "Every mountain is an excellent mountain." --Anonymous

  5. "You can research all you want, you can go and do your legwork all you want, but, ultimately, that work has got to be on the paper." --Stewart O'Nan

  6. "Once upon a time is always a good place to start." --Alice Hoffman [source]

  7. "There's still nothing that beats working hard." --Josh Ritter [source]

  8. "Have ya' paid your dues Jack?" *beat* "Yes sir the check is in the mail." --Jack Burton [source]

  9. "I don't have any formal writing habits. Most of the time I do nothing, and the fact of time passing so relentlessly is a source of anguish to me. There are not enough hours in the day." --Joyce Carol Oates [source]

  10. "Let's go get out in the street...'cause somebody's gotta'." --Spoon [source]

  11. "Tomorrow there'll be more of us..." --Hamilton [source]

  12. “And it’s just your luck to stumble on this bus stop raconteur…” --Dylan Hicks [source]