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Richard Peck Writer Quotes

richard Peck writing by lights of bridgesRichard Peck, born April 10, 1934 (age 81)is an American novelist, particularly for young adults. He taught junior high and high school English. He left teaching in 1971 to write his first novel, Don’t Look and It Won’t Hurt,  in 1972, in which “A teenage girl struggles to understand her place within her family and in the world.” He has written a book each year since then, totaling 41 books in 41 years.

When the author is not traveling, he works at an L-shaped desk, which affords a sunny window. He writes everything on an electric typewriter because “it has to be a book from the first day,” he explains. He has no daily routine because of all the traveling he does, but follows a very disciplined writing process. He writes each page six times, then places it in a three-ring binder with a DePauw University cover (“a talisman,” he calls this memento from his alma mater). When he feels that he has gotten a page just right, he takes out another 20 words. “After a year, I’ve come to the end. Then I’ll take this first chapter, and without rereading it, I’ll throw it away and write the chapter that goes at the beginning. Because the first chapter is the last chapter in disguise.” He always hands in a completed manuscript, and his editor is his first reader.

Peck believes each book should be a question, not an answer

Here are some of his quotes:

“Ironically, it was my students who taught me to be a writer, though I had been hired to teach them,” he said in a speech published in Arkansas Libraries.”They taught me that a novel must entertain first before it can be anything else. I learned that there is no such thing as a ‘grade reading level’; a young person’s ‘reading level’ and attention span will rise and fall according to his degree of interest. I learned that if you do not have a happy ending for the young, you had better do some fast talking.”.[citation needed]

“You never write about yourself; you just always wind up having written about yourself.”—Oct 10, 2013, to a library full of 4th graders in Pleasanton, CA.
“Nobody but a reader ever became a writer.” – Aug 5, 2013, SCBWI conference

Information from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Peck_%28writer%29#Quotes


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Katherine Anne Porter Quotes

K Porter on a stampKatherine Ann Porter, born May 15, 1890 in Texas, died September, 1980 in Maryland, was a Pulitzer Prize- winning American journalist, essayist, short story writer, novelist, and political activist. She was known for her penetrating insight and her work with dark themes such as betrayal, death, and the origin of human evil.

She was married and divorced four times. For ten years she taught at four universities, one of which was Stanford. Her unconventional manner of teaching made her popular with students. ( wikipedia.org)

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Henry David Thoreau Quotes

Thoreau quote about toolsThoreau quote about character“”What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” ~Henry David Thoreau

“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.”
Henry David Thoreau

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”
Henry David Thoreau

“Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.”
Henry David Thoreau

“Things do not change; we change.” ― Henry David Thoreau

“What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.”
Henry David Thoreau

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“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”
Henry David Thoreau, Walden

“Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.”
Henry David Thoreau, Walden

“I am a happy camper so I guess I’m doing something right. Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.”
Henry David Thoreau

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