11 Good Quotes for Writers

quote, fortune cookie, literary, writing, trees, writer, grub street, quotesAre you writing a memoir or a non-fiction book project?  I went back over my notes from last weekend’s AWP Writing Conference in Boston.  Here are some great quotes that I wrote down from two separate sessions: The Art of the Non-Fiction Idea and The Urge Toward Memoir.

Since I’m learning just as much as the next person, I was too busy feverishly writing notes to remember who actually said these great one-liners.  If you know who said it, feel free to send me a note.  Wouldn’t some of these quotes look good inside fortune cookies?  This images is from a fortune cookie that I was given at the Grub Street booth.  You guys rock!

Here’s 11 Good Quotes for Writers to Think About.

“Date around before you marry an idea.”

“Will your idea pass the cocktail party test?”

“You need to be able to sell your idea in two minutes.”

“Tell the stories that only you can tell.” ~ Ethan Gilsdorf

“Test out your ideas in short form first.”

“Build up your authority in your niche.”

“Virality = will your writing piece circulate and go viral online?”

“Your project is a balance between you and your voice and the topic.”

“You have to have control of your story just like your novel.  Your readers are dying to know what’s next.”

“All of life is a cover story.”

“Your family will not see things from your point of view.”

AWP13 – My first writing conference

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Since we were experiencing shitty weather in Boston and usually not too many people will venture out to visit the gallery when it’s raining or snowing, I opted to spend the weekend at my very first writing conference––AWP13, organized by the Association of Writers and Writing Programs.

There is a two-fold reason that I wanted to attend AWP:  The first reason is, I like writing and I like reading journals.  The second reason is, many of these literary journals and books are using photography more often on their covers and I wanted to connect with them and introduce them to my gallery and the artists that I represent.

I attended this event on Friday and Saturday, sat through a few panel discussions and cruised through the book fair.  The panels were jammed packed––I’m talking fire hazard packed!  I’m glad I used the coat check––it might have been cold and snowy outside, however it was a heat box in there!

The book fair was well-attended and was located on two floors.  I actually got confused walking through it and realized that I was going in circles.  I took multiple passes on many booths.  I had a good time talking with all of the vendors and made some new friends on Twitter.  I got tons of shwag that I’m still sifting through.

I’m looking forward to my next literary conference in May, Grub Street‘s The Muse and The Marketplace.