“One can never be alone enough when one writes, there can never be enough silence around when one writes…even night is not night enough.” – Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

“Writing means revealing oneself to excess; that utmost of self-revelation and surrender, in which a human being, when involved with others, would feel he was losing himself, and from which, therefore, he will always shrink as long as he is in his right mind.” – Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

“Throw a seed in the seemingly empty earth and watch life spring forth from the emptiness. Think of the creative artist. She knows that for all her searching, concentrating, and disciplined effort, the really exciting breakthroughs will come as inspirations from the emptiness.” – Laurence Boldt, Zen and the Art of Making a Living

“If only my life could be more like the movies. I want an angel to sweep down to me like it does to Jimmy Stewart in It’s A Wonderful Life and talk me out of suicide, I’ve always waited for that one moment of truth to set me free and change my life forever, but he wont come, it doesnt happen that way. All the drugs, all the therapy, fights, anger, guilt, rave, suicidal thoughts, all of that was part of some slow recovery process, the same way I went down I came back up, gradually… and then suddenly. The pills weren’t the cure at all, God knows, but they gave me breathing space which allowed me to start writing again only this time it was not as if my life depended on it.” – Prozac Nation, 2001

“To write something, you have to risk making a fool of yourself.” – Anne Rice

“There is a difference between what you might enjoy as a simple event and what you enjoy as a process. Process is a better tip-off to talent. Writing letters is different from the process of writing books and articles. These involve problems of organization, style, research, logic, concentration, and persistence, which generally do not apply in writing personal letters.” – Laurence Boldt, Zen And The Art Of Making A Living

“People who read a lot and enjoy life and enjoy words make better writers.” – Candice Hern, Author, A Proper Companion