Friday, March 22, 2013

Writing Inspiration

Literary Birthday - 20 March

Happy Birthday, Lois Lowry, born 20 March 1937

Lois Lowry: Seven Quotes On Writing

1.      Reading is the best way to learn to write well. Read as much as you can. Think about what you read: how the author made it interesting, or funny, or suspenseful. And write as much as you can, too.

2.      It doesn’t matter where you live. The important thing is what you absorb from your surroundings. To be a keen observer….to see and ponder and weigh….to hear the cadence of speech and notice the shrugs and gestures and the way the eyebrows lift or the lip curls…to perceive human relationships and how they work (or don’t)….all of that is what makes a writer. You could live in the same small town for 50 years and have all of that available.

3.      Keep a journal. Get together with friends who enjoy writing, and read things aloud to each other and talk about them.

4.      I write books because I have always been fascinated by stories and language, and because I love thinking about what makes people tick. Writing a story is simply an exploration of the nature of behaviour: why people do what they do, how it affects others, how we change and grow, and what decisions we make along the way.

5.      I was lucky that I grew up in a family that valued books. I went to the library all the time starting at about age 5 or 6. My mom read to me. I read to myself.

6.      My personal opinion is that you should not worry about ‘being published’. You should enjoy writing, and writing more and more, so that you become better at it. I always sort of cringe when I hear, ‘I want to be a published writer’ from a kid. I’d rather hear, ‘I love to write’.

7.      I sit at my desk every day. I do the New York Times crossword puzzle. I watch the park through my window. My CD player plays music, usually classical (at this moment, it’s a violin concerto). I sip coffee. I type words into my computer. I retype them, rearrange them, and delete them, and retype them again and again. The phone rings. The dog woofs to go out. I get up and refill my coffee cup. Then I look at the words I’ve written and I rearrange them again. Eventually, somehow, a story is put together. There isn’t anything magical. It’s a lot of hard work, a lot of fun, and a lot of waiting for the words.

Lowry is an American children’s writer. She began her career as a photographer and a freelance journalist during the early 1970s. Her first children’s book, A Summer to Die, was published in 1977 when she was 40. She has written more than 30 books for children and published an autobiography. Number the Stars and The Giver both won the Newbery Medal.


  1. Hi Frannie! I haven't been on Blogger in a while! But this week I've been home for spring break and had some down time to do some blog reading :). Hope you're doing well! I know this has nothing to do with your post, but I was going to ask you if you are living at home or away or going to college anywhere? I have lately been feeling a burden on my heart about the cost of college and if it is necessary for my goals. I am trying to get some different perspectives from friends of mine about what they have been doing post graduation!

  2. Hello!! I know exactly what you’re going through and I feel so honored to share my thoughts. I do live at home while attending a small, local university and I do this for a few reasons. I truly believe God has called me to the mission field; since I do want to enter the mission field my parents have encouraged me to gain a skill which would be useful. I chose teaching since I hope to work in a closed country and realize being an English teacher can open doors.

    But that’s just me. 

    I really believe that God leads each of us in different ways through the guidance of His Spirit, our parents leading, finances, and our own natural talents and inclinations. And college is not the only way to get to where He wants us; I have several dear friends who seek to be stay at home daughters while some live on a college campus and some who pursue mission work.

    So those are a few of my thoughts; I hope I didn’t sound too wishy-washy.  I just think God leads us in different ways for His glory and purpose. I will be praying that God gives you wisdom to know His will.

    Sorry I couldn’t leave you this at your tumblr site—since I’m not a member it won’t let me leave comments. But now that I’ve found it I’ll sure be visiting more often! And I hope this wasn't too long! Blessings to you!



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Love, blessings and a steaming cup of coffee,

Frannie Anne

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