Thursday, April 14, 2011


It is said that John Steinbeck sharpened 24 pencils every morning to start his day. He went through 300 pencils in writing East of Eden; 60 a day in writing the Grapes of Wrath and Cannery Row. But the most astonishing thing about pencils is that one pencil can write around 45,000 words!

Maybe I ought to switch from the computer keyboard to the pencil? The pencil appears to weild a power all its own.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Quote of the Day

"The writer has to take the most used, most familiar objects - nouns, pronouns, verbs, adverbs - ball them together and make them bounce, turn them a certain way and make people get into a romantic mood; and another way, into a bellicose mood. I'm most happy to be a writer." ~Maya Angelou

She also said: "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you."