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July 9, 2016

Writers on Writing

I recently saw an article about 21 inspirations quotations from novelists and I thought of my own favorites lines.  I also asked the favorite lines of the other owners of our creative writing center, Where the Write Things Are.

Words from my favorite writer:

Being a writer means taking the leap from listening to saying, “Listen to me.”

—Jhumpa Lahiri

Favorite lines of Where the Write Things Are’s, Teacher Roel Cruz:

Don’t be dull and boring and pretentious, don’t be consumed by self-love.
The libraries of the world have yawned themselves to sleep over your kind.
Don’t add to that.

—Charles Bukowski (from the poem, So You Want to be a Writer)

Romance author, Mina Esguerra with Where the Write Things Are’s Young Writers

Neni Sta. Romana Cruz (upper left)

Favorite quotes from the Director of Where the Write Things Are, Neni Sta. Romana Cruz

Writing is easy; all you do is sit staring at a black sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.

—Gene Fowler

The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair. —Mary Heaton Vorse

More lines from writers:

There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story.  You never quite know where they’ll take you.
—Beatrix Potter

Prose is architecture, not interior decorations. —Ernest Hemingway

Nothing teaches you as much about writing dialogue as listening to it.
—Judy Blume

I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose.
—Stephen King

And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen
Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.
—William Shakespeare (from A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

A word is dead
When it is said,
Some say.
I say it just begins
to live that day.
—Emily Dickinson

I can shake off everything as I write; My sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn. —Anne Frank

Begin with an individual, and before you know it you have created a type; begin with a type, and you find you have created—nothing.
—F. Scott Fitzgerald

Bulletin Board, Calendar of Events MAY, Young Writers Hangout, May16

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Where the Write Things Are is a creative writing center for kids, teens and adults.  If you love writing or need some inspiration to get to write, our writing studio is the place to be.  Check out our monthly classes at and

Creative Writing Class for Kids and Teens: Comic Book Jammin’ with JC Panlilio on July 23 (1:30pm-3pm).  Young Writers’ Hangout on August 6 and 20 (1:30pm-3pm).
Creative Writing for Adults:  Feature Writing with Jo-Ann Maglipon on August 13 (1:30pm-5:30pm).

Venue is at Fully Booked Bonifacio High Street. For more information and fee details, email

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Where the Write Things Are is a creative writing center for kids, teens, and adults. If you love writing or need some inspiration to get to write, our writing class is the place to be. Check out our monthly writing classes and facebook.   Creative Writing Classes for Kids/Teens and Adults:
  1. Young Writers’ Hangout – October 7 and October 21 (1:30pm-3pm)
  2. Adult Creative Writing Class with Karina Bolasco (Turning Ideas into Books) – November 11(1:30pm-4:30pm)
Venue is at Fully Booked, Bonifacio High Street. For more information and fee details, email   Want to join one of our writing classes? Register now!

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