“I guess what I believe is that luck = 95% preparation + 5% opportunity.” – Meg Cabot on her journey to publication

“You are a writer, claim the title. Set your stories free. Send them into the world.” –via ‘About Me’ board on Pinterest

“I’m an academic and a storyteller because stories are data with a soul” – paraphrased from Brené Brown’s TEDxHouston talk on the power of vulnerability

“Those early drafts were awful and they were awful because I was writing to please my (intimidated) writer self. I wasn’t writing for the part of me that mattered — my reader self.” – Holly Black on writing you love & plotting

“You can fix anything but a blank page.” – Nora Roberts

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” – Joseph Chilton Pearce

“True success is overcoming the fear of being unsuccessful.” – Paul Sweeney

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Nelson Mandela

“The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself.” – Maya Angelou

“Write what you want to understand.” – Inspirational Writing Advice from Terra Elan McVoy

“Embrace what makes you unique, even if it makes others uncomfortable.” – Janelle Monáe (Speech at BET’s Black Girls Rock)

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” -Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

“She loved me enough to let me go, I loved her enough to stay.” – Gil, The Summer Prince

“I heard this used to be MC Hammer’s place…guess you can touch this with a SWAT team and a Federal warrant.” – Hardison, Leverage (season 1, episode 13)

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw

“Becoming fearless isn’t the point. That’s impossible. It’s learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it.” ― Veronica Roth, Divergent

“The scariest moment is always just before you start.” ― Stephen King, On Writing

“Writing is not life, but I think that sometimes it can be a way back to life.” ― Stephen King, On Writing

“The most important things to remember about back story are that (a) everyone has a history and (b) most of it isn’t very interesting.” ― Stephen King, On Writing

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.” ― Stephen King, On Writing

“There is a really fine line between brilliance and deviance.” – Maggie Stiefvater (TEDxNASA, “How Bad Teens Become Famous”)

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