A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle is one of my all-time favorites. I remember reading the book when I was eight years old and marveling over the mystery of our bodies and our minds and the universe. Of course, once I had discovered Madeleine L’Engle, I couldn’t stop reading her works. I scoured the library and requested all 29 of her other books.
So when I stumbled upon Madeleine’s advice for writers recently, I took it seriously.
“I have advice for people who want to write. I don’t care whether they’re 5 or 500. There are three things that are important: First, if you want to write, you need to keep an honest, unpublishable journal that nobody reads, nobody but you. Where you just put down what you think about life, what you think about things, what you think is fair and what you think is unfair. And second, you need to read. You can’t be a writer if you’re not a reader. It’s the great writers who teach us how to write. The third thing is to write. Just write a little bit every day. Even if it’s for only half an hour — write, write, write.”
I’ve written a lot this month. I started the new year with resolutions and writing challenges. Right now I’m participating in Start the Year off Write, ReviMo, and the 12×12. But what will I do when the momentum of super-motivated, ready-to-take-the-year-by-storm me is replaced by normal me? I’ll sit down and write, write, write.
How is your writing or illustrating going in the new year? What writerly quotes inspire you? Tell us in the Comments section.