Today’s Write Stuff Wednesday guest is Hope Toler Dougherty. I ask each guest to share a favorite writing quote. I love Hope’s response and the quotes she shares. I hope you do too!
I’m sorry, Heather. I couldn’t choose just one quotation about writing, so I’ve highlighted a few of my favorites along with some reading ones, too.
“A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.” Chinese proverb
I think this is a beautiful quotation. It always makes me smile.
“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” Sir Richard Steele
If this quotation is true, then my mind is much more toned than my body is!
“Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?” Henry Ward Beecher
Isn’t it interesting that Beecher, a prominent clergyman in the nineteenth century, felt so strongly about books? Here’s a true story: I love bookstores. I was in my favorite bookstore in Pittsburgh last summer. One of the beautiful displays was a whole table devoted to bees. I come from a long line of bee keepers and love bees. I bought two books from that display without even reading the back. If I had, I may not have bought one of them which turned out to be part science fiction/part dystopian novel—not my favorite genres! But it’s a gorgeous book, and I was in my happy place…
“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.” Mark Twain
I have a t-shirt with this in-your-face quotation on it. I’ve had people want to debate the thought when I wore the shirt.
“To me, nothing is more important than giving children books.” Fran Lebowitz
I can think of a few things that are more important, but I get the spirit of this quotation. Children need to be read to. Children need books around them, on the floor, in their beds, sticky and chewed on and used. Just this week, xxx said no screen time for under two-year-olds. I couldn’t believe this made news. I couldn’t believe people needed to be told.
“A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.” Richard Bach
This quotation is a great reminder to all of us writers. Keep going. Keep writing. Keep trying.
I’ll close out this post with a thought from someone who always makes me laugh out loud.
“I think I did pretty well considering I started out with nothing but a bunch of blank paper.” Steve Martin
Now I’d like to give you the opportunity to get to know Hope a little better. Keep reading for her bio and information on her books.
Irish Encounter: After almost three years of living under a fog of grief, Ellen Shepherd is ready for the next chapter in her life. Perhaps she’ll find adventure during a visit to Galway. Her idea of excitement consists of exploring Ireland for yarn to feature in her shop back home, but the adventure awaiting her includes an edgy stranger who disrupts her tea time, challenges her belief system, and stirs up feelings she thought she’d buried with her husband.
After years of ignoring God, nursing anger, and stifling his grief, Payne Anderson isn’t ready for the feelings a chance encounter with an enchanting stranger evokes. Though avoiding women and small talk has been his pattern, something about Ellen makes him want to seek her—and God again.
Can Ellen accept a new life different than the one she planned? Can Payne release his guilt and accept the peace he’s longed for? Can they surrender their past pain and embrace healing together, or will fear and doubt ruin their second chance at happiness?
Hope holds a Master’s degree and taught at East Carolina University and York Technical College. Her novels include Irish Encounter and Mars…With Venus Rising. A member of ACFW, RWA, SinC, she writes for SeriousWriter.com. Residing in North Carolina, she and her husband enjoy visits with their daughters and twin sons.
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