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Find your own voice ~ Gwendolyn Brooks

“The ability of writers to imagine what is not self, to familiarize the strange and mystify the familiar, is the test of their power.” ~ Toni Morrison

“What I try to do is write. I may write for two weeks “the cat sat on the mat, that is that, not a rat.” And it might be just the most boring and awful stuff. But I try. When I’m writing, I write. And then it’s as if the muse is convinced that I’m serious and says, “Okay. Okay. I’ll come.” ~ Maya Angelou

James Baldwin – “You write in order to change the world … if you alter, even by a millimeter, the way people look at reality, then you can change it.”

“You rely on a sentence to say more than the denotation and the connotation; you revel in the smoke that the words send up.” ~ Toni Morrison

Langston Hughes – “To create a market for your writing you have to be consistent, professional, a continuing writer – not just a one-article or a one-story or a one-book man.”

Zora Neale Hurston
“Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose. It is a seeking that he who wishes may know the cosmic secrets of the world and they that dwell therein.” – “Learning without wisdom is a load of books on a donkey’s back.”

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