A small drop of ink produces that which makes thousands think.—Lord Byron

It is the work which primes the pump…you find it as you do it…creativity is an act of faith.  Inspiration comes as you work, so there is no excuse not to get started. —Thomas Kinkade (Lightposts for Joyful Living)

Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality.
It’s a way of understanding it. –Lloyd Alexander

You can’t wait for inspiration to strike. It’s like lightning. Hardly ever does it twice in the same book. You go to work every morning. It’s day labor. –Katherine Paterson

The challenge for those of us who care about our faith and about a hurting world is to tell stories which will carry the words of grace and hope in their bones and sinews and not wear them like fancy dress.  –Katherine Paterson

I hate writing, but I love having written. –Jean Kerr

The value of the myth is that it takes a the things we know and restores to them the rich significance which has been hidden by ‘the veil of familiarity.’  The child enjoys his cold meat (otherwise dull to him) by pretending it is buffalo, just killed with his own bow and arrow.  And the child is wise.  The real meat comes back to him more savory for having been dipped in a story; you might say that only then is it the real meat.  If you are tired of the real landscape, look at it in a mirror.  By putting bread, gold, horse, apple, or the very roads into a myth, we do not retreat from reality: we rediscover it.  As long as the story lingers in our mind, the real things are more themselves…By dipping them in myth we see them more clearly.  –C.S. Lewis (Of This and Other Worlds, pg. 120)

Go to, then, you who are gifted; cultivate your gift. Develop it in any of the arts and in every worthy example of them. If you have the ability and the desire, seek a career or employ your talent as an avocation or cultivate it as a hobby. But in all ways bless others with it. Set a standard of excellence. Employ it in the secular sense to every worthy advantage, but never use it profanely. Never express your gift unworthily. Increase our spiritual heritage in music, in art, in literature, in dance, in drama. –Boyd K. Packer

Write what you need to read. Write from your heart and about the things you know. Write truth. Sometimes it hurts a great deal to peel away the layers of self-deception and see ourselves in the mirror, but it draws us closer to Jesus. It also ministers to others who are struggling with the same issues. Read the Bible every day before you begin. Study the Word carefully so that when you do write (or speak), you sense when you are off the path. Always keep your focus on Jesus. We should live our lives to please him, whether we’re writing or doing anything else.–Francine Rivers

Don’t be led away by those howls about realism.  Remember, pine woods are just as real as pig sties–and a darn sight pleasanter to be in.  –Mr. Carpenter’s deathbed advice to Emily Starr (Emily’s Quest, L.M. Montgomery)

Oh, if I could only put things into words as I see them!…Oh, that random word–that is the Something that escapes me.  I’m always listening for it– I’m sure I hear at times a little, faint far-off echo of it…L. M. Montgomery (Emily Climbs)

…he who would not be frustrate of his hope to write well hereafter in laudable things, ought himself to be a true poem, that is, a composition and pattern of the best and honorable things.  –John Milton

Fill your mind with all kinds of interesting things–the more you have in it, the more will come out of it.  Nothing ever comes out of your mind that hasn’t already been put into it in some form or other.  It may come out changed, rearranged, polished, shining, almost unrecognizable–but nevertheless it was you who put it there first of all. Your thoughts, your actions, your reading, your sense of humor, everything gets packed into your mind, and if you use your imagination, what a wonderful assortment it will have to choose from! –Enid Blyton

…there is an idea now that children should be given books without shadows, books of brightness and lightness, and laughter, nothing else; perhaps the reason why these books are so lifeless is that living things have shadows. –Rumer Godden in Hans Christian Andersen

An idea arrives without effort; a form can only be wrought out by patient labor.  If your story is worth telling, you ought to love it enough to be willing to work over it until it is true–true not only to the ideal, but true also to the real.  The light is a gift; but the local color can only be seen by one who looks for it long and steadily. –Henry Van Dyke (preface to The Other Wise Man)

Realize that you personally are going to be hardest on yourself just when you need the most reassurance. Let your self-evaluation be a source of discovery rather than of self-criticism. Believe in yourself. Doubt destroys creativity, while faith strengthens it. –Richard G. Scott

Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.–Anton Chekhov

As a writer, words are your paint. Use all the colors.–Rhys Alexander

I have long known that my writing is never truly on target unless I feel at some point, while in the process of getting words on paper, that certain hallmark of joy within.  The scene I am attempting to write may be quite a serious one, but the touchstone of joy, must be there—or else I’m working in my own strength, not His. –Catherine Marshall (A Closer Walk)

Creation brings deep satisfaction and fulfillment. We develop ourselves and others when we take unorganized matter into our hands and mold it into something of beauty…

What you create doesn’t have to be perfect. So what if the eggs are greasy or the toast is burned? Don’t let fear of failure discourage you. Don’t let the voice of critics paralyze you—whether that voice comes from the outside or the inside.

Trust and rely on the Spirit. As you take the normal opportunities of your daily life and create something of beauty and helpfulness, you improve not only the world around you but also the world within you. —Pres. Dieter F. Uchtdorf “Happiness, Your Heritage”

If your life is becoming a bit stale, routine and uneventful…attempt to be creative.  It will help you find more pleasure and joy in life.  Creativity can engender a spirit of gratitude for life and for what the Lord has woven into your soul…—Richard G. Scott

Good or even great [books are those that] make the right connections.  They pull together for us a world that is falling apart.  They are the words that integrate us, stretch us, judge us, comfort and heal us.  They are the words that mirror the Word of creation, brining order out of chaos. –Katherine Paterson (Through Gates of Excellence)

We may not hear the story well. We may be like faulty radios, transmitting only static and words out of context. But I believe that it is a risk we have to take.  And it is worth it, because the story knows more than the artist knows.—Madeleine L’Engle

Slowly, slowly, I am learning to listen to the book, in the same way I try to listen in prayer.  If the book tells me to do something completely unexpected, I heed it; the book is usually right.  If a book like this present one, a strange kind of book for a storyteller, pushes me to write it, I have no choice except to pay attention.  All I can do, as far as activities is concerned, it to write daily, read as much as possible, and keep my vocabulary alive and changing so that I will have an instrument on which to play the book if it does me the honor of coming to me and asking to be written.  I have never yet fully served a book.  But it is my present joy to try.—Madeleine L’Engle

These stories grace our actual lives with their fictional realities.  Like angels, they lift us above the hurrying world; they carry us in their pockets of light.  How can you not approach such other worlds with joy?—Jane Yolen

A writer is someone who begins by trying to catch insights as fireflies in a jar but in the end needs to see them pinned to the page.  A writer is the spokesman for story.—Jane Yolen

Poetry is important…because of the insights and ideas that can by crystallized in just a verse or two.  Poetry is important because of the imagery.  Images are created that convey not only facts, but also feelings.—Boyd K. Packer

A good book is like a prism–it has the lights in it. A good book awakens your mind, makes you think, gives you new ideas, lifts you up. –Leo Tolstoy

My characters write my stories for me.  They tell me what they want, and I tell them to go get it, and I follow as they run, working at my typing as they rush to their destiny. –Ray Bradbury